Sunday, January 29, 2006





I've just about completed my first month of doing the television program, "Raw Sports With Dino Costa", on FSN Rocky Mountain.


It has been a blast.


It's also been something that has been completely foreign to me in many instances, and although I was aware that both mediums had their own characteristics that make them different from one another - it has been an eye-opener for me to learn just how true that is.


Radio is where my roots are at and always will be as long as I stay in the business -the craft itself has such an instinctive and familiar feel for me, that it allows me to go into the studio half asleep and still be able to feel at home.


Television requires so much more.


More planning.


More thought and more strategy.


More energy.


It's amazing to me when I have come to learn that the amount of energy I have to put into developing a single edition of Raw Sports - is the equivalent to the same amount of energy applied to do almost an entire week's worth of Dino Costa radio shows.


My radio show is two hours in length - while the TV show is 30 minutes!


In radio the sense of intimacy is always present, the feeling of isolation almost, being able to do a show with minor hiccups along the way, a cough here and there, picking my nose whenever I feel like it, I can even yell at my producer Roger and nobody ever knows about it...unless Roger decides to make it public knowledge!


In television the entire scope is 360 degrees the other way.


There is a flow that needs to be accentuated, every movement I make whenever I am on camera is captured and noticed, any unusual ticks are there for all to see, there are no coughs that get to make it onto the finished film product. Although the last program we did, I happened to bump into the stool that sits behind me on the set, it caused us all to laugh and we decided to keep it for the airing of the program.


Going into Raw Sports -  I have tried to always maintain the same perpetually optimistic attitude that I always try to employ whenever I do anything in my life.


I realized that I needed to rely on those who are working with the Raw Sports show, FSN directors, producers, camera operators, taking their direction, suggestions, and trying to make improvements with each passing edition of each show that we do.


These people have been invaluable in my learning process and their experience is something I have counted on every time I come onto the set to develop a program.


As a complete novice having never done TV at all in the past - the encouragement and the patience that FSN officials have bestowed upon me has made my transition into the world of television a lot easier.


Everyone from FSN General Manager Tim Griggs, to FSN Senior Coordinating Producer Benjie Kaze, marketing director Amy Turner, producer Aaron Snyder, director Adam Ratke, audio technician Clay Roberts, graphics coordinator Krista Kivel, stage director, Rhone Hamilton, sound mixer Ben Sparling, and everyone else at FSN Rocky Mountain, have done their utmost to make the entire project a team effort, and I cannot thank them enough.


Everything is timed in television with produced segments that are intended to cover a specific amount of content without the wiggle room that radio allows me.


On my radio program I have the luxury of going 20 minutes over on a segment if I choose to, to articulate further points and to emphasize certain components of whatever I may be talking about.


Not so, on the TV program.


Sometimes the frustration of having timed segments with a 30 minute television program is in the fact that I may want to continue to expound upon a specific piece of information - however I'm limited by how much I may say by the parameters of a 30 minute telecast.


So it is definitely a learning experience.


One of the immediate returns for me in doing television was in gaining a much deeper appreciation for anyone who does a show of any kind.


Be it Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann, Sean Hannity, Tim Russert, Dan Patrick, anyone who does this stuff every single day and makes it appear as smooth and as polished as they do, is something that isn't as obvious to someone else if you're not in a position where you are trying to do the same thing.


The first 8-9 programs of Raw Sports have been done with a "soft launch" approach -as we have all been seeking the right mix with the show, different looks, and various segments that we have tried.


The objective is to try and come up with a finished product that will be more polished and presentable as we move toward the show being aired in more prime time spots during the FSN schedule.


As with everything I try and do (particularly if it has my name on it) I am going at this full bore - and I am always my own worst critic.


My hope is to make this program something that will become a part of the FSN schedule for an enduring length of time.


I hope you have enjoyed the first several editions of Raw Sports - and it is my hope that you'll continue to watch the show, as I 'll be doing my best to always insure that I am justifying the faith that others have placed in me and in my abilities.


But one thing is for certain.


If radio is planet earth.


TV is planet Xanadu!



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