Since Christmas and Christmas Eve are pretty much the most important holidays in Christendom, we have those days off at theDove. So of course we have to prerecord a special Christmas Morning Show.
Several of theDove employees have the week before Christmas off for vacation and Steve has been invite to drop off presents in Ecuador with Samaritan’s Purse the week before that, so two weeks before Christmas is the day we’re doing it!
We had planned to record the show on Thursday and have some musical guests in the studio the Friday before. But because of some crazy weather Friday, Monday and Tuesday we couldn’t have them in until Wednesday, the day before the show. Of course we had already scheduled two other prerecords for that day. So Wednesday became prerecord day.
After our regular live show we had half an hour to get ready for the music groups to get there. We don’t ever have musical guests on our show, so we really didn’t know what to do. But after deconstructing our set we were able to get the first group in and started working out the bugs. Camera placement and microphone set up were the main issues, but everything got worked out. Another problem was that we don’t have a real comm system so I can talk to the camera operators and we had two people on cameras who normally work elsewhere. I’m pretty surprised how well Taylor did on the camera and Dannal as always just took a couple times before he was great at it. We ran through the song four times before I was sure we had it with a minimum of mistakes. Then it was time for the second group.
The first group was normal sort of group. Keyboard, guitar, violin, drum, vocals. But they were incredibly talented for just a high school group. The second group was seven flutes. I made a comment about pipers piping. They all just glared at me.
After three or four runs with that group, we were done with the music groups. Next came two interviews with a coach for sports segments, then a Skype with Steve Best from England. Once they were all recorded it was past noon.
The next day it was time to record the full show. Nine o’clock the live shows ended and by ten the clock was restarted for the prerecorded show. It went surprisingly smooth. Most of the segments were rolled in as VTs, but there were some live to tape segments too. The show was a whole lot of fun and came across really well. And the whole thing ended with Taylor getting a creepy side hug from Santa!
You can watch the Mornings on theDove Christmas Special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Seven and nine in the morning or in the evening at nine on Christmas Eve and seven on Christmas Day.