January 1st, 2009
12:01 AM ET

Chaos and revelry from the control room

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Richard Morris
Associate Producer, Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull.

This should be an easy show, right? Nope. Between laughing from the Anderson and Kathy hysteria to technical issues, this is far from a midnight picnic. This show is classically orchestrated weeks before we go to air, and when it comes time for broadcast, well it goes you know where.

Nonetheless, this is a great group of people to ring in the new year. Fortunately for us, we are warm in the chaotic control room. Phones ringing off the hook, people yelling over the raucous crowds in the field and just looking forward to midnight. From 12 on, it is all warm and fuzzy, watching the east coast revelers, and watching the midwest getting ready for their countdown.

Stick around, there are many laughs to be had.

PS. Happy New Years!!!

Kelly Daniel
AC360 Staff

There was plenty of chaos and yelling, and there’s more to come here in the New Year’s Eve show control room as we count down to midnight in the Central Time Zone. But under all that there’s plenty of excitement. And even though I’m working on New Year’s Eve, as we all took a sip of a fizzy drink at the stroke of midnight, I couldn’t help but think this ranks pretty near the top of my New Year’s celebrations.

It’s been a great year for AC360 and AC360.com, and there’s lots more to come in 2009.

Happy New Year!

Filed under: Kelly Daniel • New Year's Eve 2009 • Richard Morris • T1
November 4th, 2008
11:13 PM ET

It's over

Richard Morris
Associate Producer, Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull.

It's over.

What an amazing journey. I am sure it will take some time to sink in, but tonight history was made. Absolutely amazing.

We have shots from around the world in our control room. Sydney, Kenya, Chicago, Harlem. This was a shot that rang around the world in an instant.

I have friends emailing me– detailing the cheering in the streets. In here though, it is almost silence. It is hard to believe that after months of stump speeches, the race has come to an end.

Stay tuned. There are many, many more hours of live broadcast ahead.

November 4th, 2008
09:38 PM ET

Virtual politics

Richard Morris
Associate Producer, Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull.

The hologram is already on YouTube! Took less than an hour for someone to post a clip of our hologram of CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin being ‘beamed’ into our Election Center speaking with Wolf Blitzer. The technology behind this amazes me - there are roughly 44 high-definition cameras that take a real-time, three-dimensional image of a person live!

The night is rapidly developing. We have just called Pennsylvania, a big one for Obama’s basket. Virginia, Florida, and Ohio are still major players that can make or break this race.

Curious to game the night out? Check out cnn.com/map for a very entertaining and engaging feature to play along with our coverage.

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • Richard Morris
November 4th, 2008
08:14 PM ET

Tuesday night lights

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Richard Morris
Associate Producer, Campbell Brown: No Bias. No Bull.

This is just the beginning. Five minutes to 7:00pm and we were getting ready to make our first two projections, 49 to go (don’t forget the District of Columbia). I am inside one of two control rooms that is outputting out huge production tonight. I am apart of team of that is producing the result graphics that you see in the wall behind Wolf, Campbell and Anderson.

Do you like the tricks tonight? We just debuted the hologram which allows us to have guests and reporters virtually on the set with us. There is a very cool virtual Capitol we will be using to show the change in the balance of power in Congress.

The night is very, very young. I am sure each of you are just as excited as we are to watch these results stream in.

Brew that pot of coffee; it could be a long night.

Stand by for more…

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • Richard Morris
October 23rd, 2008
12:20 PM ET

Let's skip the Election Day madness

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Richard Morris
CNN Associate Producer

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, right? Then why is voting still so difficult?

Let's just start with the timing: the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is arbitrary now. It started back when our economy was agrarian. The first week in November was good for farmers; they had finished harvesting their crops and winter's harsh weather hadn't hit. The vote was held on Tuesday because it took many farmers a day to get to the voting 'booths.' So rather than make them leave on the Sabbath, they left on Monday, cast their ballots on Tuesday and were back at work on Wednesday.

That made sense then, but why hasn't the system evolved as we have? Why do we still have such an arcane, bug-plagued voting system?

We pay our bills online. We place bets in the stock market online. The government lets you file your taxes online, but we still can't vote online.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Raw Politics • Richard Morris