The Great Escape

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This week we launched a series on our morning show called “The Great Escape.” Every Friday for the next three weeks, KSL 5 Today goes on the road to a different quadrant of the state, to spotlight the lesser known activities that area has to offer. This week: Northeastern Utah.

I was the field producer for this adventure. I traveled out with anchor Scott Haws and crew man/camera operator Jeff Smith. We met up with the rest of our production team at Flaming Gorge, in a place called Red Canyon.

red canyon live

I wish I could show you the viewpoint of Chopper 5 of where we were standing…literally on the edge of a 1,500 foot cliff. We got there at 5 a.m., and were taking live shots from the chopper just as the sunrise hit the red cliffs around 6:24 a.m. It was incredible.

Here’s a clip of the show.



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I was mostly communicating with the chopper and control room from inside the satellite truck, so I didn’t have to be out in the cold for too long. But it was definitely nippy out there in those early morning hours.

sat truck

After our morning show, we packed up the truck and moved down below the Green River Dam, for a couple live shots during the noon show.

green river

live shot on the green

While not perfect, I felt like the show was a huge success. It certainly reflected in our morning show ratings. We beat the competition by a pretty big margin. But more than that, it was fun to do something so completely different for the show. Utah is a big place, and there are so many undiscovered gems in every part of the state. How awesome that we get to showcase it on live TV!