I work at a small station in a small town. We are basically a “training station” for new reporters and anchors. I don’t have a degree, but I do intend to go back to school eventually. I started out in Master Control and Production @ $12/hour. After I got sick of getting paid to watch TV, I decided to take a FT position in production, where I started out at $13/hour. Within 6 months, I was boosted to $16/hour. I now direct and produce the AM news. I’m a fast learner and I have a radio background as well. So, working a board of any kind was simple. With a degree, there’s more opportunities for growth. It also depends on the company. I know Gray is pretty decent. We are independently owned. I don’t know if this helps much, but from what I have seen here, if you have a degree, you’re gold. Every station has a different title for certain positions, from what I have noticed.




Sinclair for the win?


I was a Nexstar employee as a TMP, my money is on them for worst.


As someone who has worked for both Sinclair and Nexstar I can agree that Nexstar is the worst.


I put Sinclair above Tegna but below Hearst or a Nexstar. From my experience as a vendor with all of the groups it seems that working for an O&O is the best or directly with the network at someplace like Newschannel or Newspath. Gray has had the most unhappy people I have interacted with but I've only been to maybe 20 or so stations in my experience. Tegna is working their way down since it seems there is a lot of confusion as to what is going to happen with the sale. Depending on what all you do there is a chance I've spoken with you /u/ThomasGalbridge


I'm a TMP in Louisville, and I've been with Gray for years (was hired by Raycom). "Technical Media Producer" is a Gray term but it's basically a fancier production assistant, since we direct and run master. Most TMPs I know have been TMPs for a while, but I've known a few to move to producing, for example. Others leave the company for other kinds of production jobs.


I feel that. When I first applied for this job, I thought I was gonna be a news producer (turns out that and TMP are completely different since my old college classmate was the producer). I figured the job was just a fancier title for a production assistant.


What we do is still cool, though!


That's a pretty standard-sounding position. A little master, a little camera, a little directing, maybe even some audio... rounds you out and keeps you busy. Most non-hubbed stations do it this way now. Mind if I ask the market size (small, medium - don't need the exact DMA)?


Isn’t TMP that gun from Resident Evil 4?


Supposedly, Gray doesn't hub master control because some of their smaller stations are in areas where internet service is too slow, but they just acquired Meredith who hubbed all their stations from Atlanta, so who knows.


Bloomberg in New York does the same thing. They only outsource their MCO’s now. It’s the new thing. Just gotta roll with it.


I know the feeling you’re in as a TMP for Nexstar (we’re called TMOs at my station). We just recently got master control automated to the new Dallas hub so it took a lot of fun out of the job in doing master. Now we pretty much just direct via OverDrive, watch TV to make sure Dallas doesn’t mess anything up (files we upload to them, closed captioning, live sports, etc.), build/design new custom controls for our current switcher/preparing for our new switcher coming later this year or do studio/department maintenance. When not much of that is happening, I’ve been asking producers questions and starting to train under because I’m feeling that nudge.