Scott Granacher: Meeting TV Demands
Engineering technician Scott Granacher has been performing his magic at WHYY for 26 years. Before gracing WHYY with his talents, he was involved in the communications industry working with radio, TV and cable for as long as he can remember.
Scott's position in broadcast engineering makes him a master of many realms that are integral to the success of WHYY. He manages TV master control and equipment maintenance; oversees content preparation for TV and radio in such areas as editing, quality control, recording and dubbing; and is the sole contact for Comcast Video on Demand (VOD) content.
Scott is heavily involved in VOD, the core of which is WHYY productions, including First, Friday Arts, Flicks, On Canvas and On Stage at Curtis. Also available, for example, are network-sourced content such as the PBS cooking shows and the monthly collections of short videos from WHYY's Hamilton Commons.
Some of Scott's primary tasks are managing content and assets to be queued and selecting material for delivery to VOD. He is completely at home in the control room and has been handling the VOD and Comcast agenda for the past 18 months.
When asked for his prediction for the future of TV programming, Scott indicated that over-the-air television broadcasting might come to an end in the next 10 years. "WHYY may have bought its last TV transmitter," he said. "Content will be increasingly delivered via streaming, online and direct feeds to other providers such as cable and satellite. The nature of technology is changing and becoming more automatic with increased computerization, labor-saving devices and shorter life cycles."