Dispatches from NAB

 NAB kicked off in Las Vegas and it looks a little like the Oklahoma land rush.  The doors are  open and thousands upon thousands  who came to Las Vegas to see the latest broadcast goodies descend upon the convention floor.

Late Sunday afternoon, the convention floor was still bare concrete in many places, with packing crates strewn everywhere.

Now those concrete floors are under hundreds of thousands of square feet of carpeting.

The folks at the Devlin Design Group/Brightline booth are already busy talking to convention goers.

Some stop by Booth C3951 to ask about Dan Devlin’s latest designs…such as the interactive storytelling arena DDG just built for KSAZ in Phoenix.

One of the attendees doing just that was chatting with Sam Cercone of Brightline about a job they did together years ago in South Bend.  He’s since moved on to a different station, but was now looking for help with a current lighting challenge.

Despite the buzz on the convention floor and in the booths, the real drama goes on in the suites.

Dan Devlin says that his meeting schedule is filling up with stations that want to explore a new news set or refreshing and old one. 

The meetings are as varied as the people who attend them. There are group production teams that include a general manager, news director, chief engineer and corporate officer. Other times it's just one on one with Devlin and a GM looking to get a very cool new set.

If you're at NAB and want to meet the Devlin team, stop by Suite 830 in The Renaissance Hotel and tell them FTVLive sent you. 

The NAB floor is packed with the latest gadgets and people that just want to be seen. You won't find as many News Directors as in years past. RTNDA is no longer running their convention alongside NAB.

With not as many News Directors in town, Las Vegas prostitutes have seen a drop in business.

We're kidding of course (but not really).