Life of the Party at GNAT-TV
One of the perks in my job is the wonderful people I get to meet. Last week I shadowed Hoss Wuerslin of Greater Northshire Access Television (GNAT-TV) for the taping of ‘Life of the Party,’ a cooking show hosted by Amy Chamberlain of the Perfect Wife Restaurant. When I entered the studio, I was warmly greeted by enthusiastic staff members and the tantalizing scent of dinner cooking. Executive Director Tammie Reilly gave me a brief tour of the studio, which is house in the Applejack Building on Route 7A, just south of Manchester in Sunderland, Vt. “We all wear a lot of hats,” she said. “Hoss is Community Programs Director, lead trainer, government access coordinator, studio manager, creative director….and Director and Editor for ‘Life of the Party.’
There was a buzz of activity and excitement as everyone, from the chef and her guests, to the people behind the cameras, to the expectant studio audience, prepared for the filming to begin.The star of the show, chef Amy, was busy in the kitchen preparing the night’s menu of ‘Date Night Steak,’ with her guest, Tom Biggs, who knows a thing or two about meat; he works in the procurement and sales of locally grown meats for Black River Meats.
Hoss escorted me to the back control room for the actual filming. His energetic and decisive direction amazed me; he watched several screens – one for each camera – and keeps a constant dialog with each camera person, offering direction as he goes. Afterward, the audience, crew, and I shared an amazing dinner, washed down with Tom’s own sangria, and ‘wrapped up’ as the film jargon goes, with a warm chocolate cake and raspberry coulis.
Reserve your table eat the next ‘Life of the Party,’ planned for October 29, when Amy’s guest will be local resident Gene Bilka, with his menu of slow-baked ribs, asian cole slaw and beet sandwiches. For a $20 donation, which supports GNAT-TV, you’ll get a singular experience and a great meal! Check out the other great resources that GNAT-TV offers at gnat-tv.org.