Global Montreal has found an innovative solution to the technical problems that have plagued its morning show since its launch two months ago: It will be asking members of the audience to come in and handle the duties of an audio technician for a day.
The hosts announced the contest this morning on the air. Winners, if I can call them that, will be brought in at 5am, taught how to control the audio levels for hosts, callers, studio guests and prerecorded video, and then given the job for three hours from 6 to 9. Afterward, they’ll be given a tour of the studio, a chance to meet the on-air staff. They’ll even see their name in the credits for that show, and to top it all off a free dinner at a mid-scale restaurant.
Asked whether this is a sly method of getting people to work for (near) free, Global News spokesperson Rich Aufmaias said he didn’t see it that way. “We made it as our goal when we started this show to connect with the community. Bringing them in one at a time is a great way to do that, and allowing them to push buttons and work at a real live television station is something many of them will jump at, I think. Besides, it’s only for one day.”
The better question isn’t so much whether this is legal but how long it could last considering the number of viewers the show has, and the number of them who would want to drive downtown for 5am on a weekday.
“We expect we won’t be able to do this forever,” Aufmaias said, “but that’s no reason not to do it. When we’ve run out of volunteers, we can move on to something else.”
The contest will commence next week, with the first winners brought in the week of April 15.