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Decibel Day

Decibel Day


Happy Anniversary, Decibel!

It’s our first anniversary and we almost forgot!
It’s amazing how a box brimming with warm, chocolate chip cookies jars your memory.
(Thanks to Sara Robertson, VP of Production and Technology, for the sweet reminder).

I know most people are celebrating #LoveYourPetDay (and we do love our pets), but our team is commemorating Decibel Day. On February 20, 2017, KLRU-TV launched Decibel, a News & Public Affairs initiative to amplify issues that matter to Central Texans. We spent much of our first year taking a deep dive on key community concerns: affordability, homelessness, immigration, food insecurity and CodeNEXT. We gave diverse voices and viewpoints a forum to find common ground during our ATX Together Town Hall Meetings. We’ve produced more than 100 videos and 6 half-hour broadcast specials. And...we’ve taken Facebook Live to new heights with technology and important topics. Did I mention there are only 4 of us on our team?

I am incredibly proud of what Joe Rocha, Blair Waltman-Alexin and Angela Maldonado have accomplished this year and the quality content we’ve produced. But we’ve also had loads of fun along the way.

I hope our top ten list of lessons learned during Decibel’s first year puts a smile on your face:

  1. If you put “coffee” in the name of any show, people will watch
  2. Walking backwards on live shots is a skill acquired with practice
  3. Cookies actually bake on a car’s dashboard during the scorching Austin summer
  4. Cookies are also a great reason to do a Facebook Live report
  5. Political parody is allowed in public media
  6. Snow cones are a necessity when reporting in hot weather
  7. It’s great grabbing celebrities for live interviews after they do an Overheard taping
  8. It’s amazing to work in a newsroom where you have weekends and holidays off
  9. Parking at UT still stinks
  10. Everyone in Austin has an opinion on where to find the best breakfast tacos

Thanks for your trust and support during our first year of covering real stories, real people and real community issues!

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