How we communicate behind the scenes at WCPO

Posted at 9:07 AM, Mar 30, 2016

CINCINNATI -- You may just see our anchors, reporters and meteorologists on your television screen every day, but there is another set of staffers here at WCPO 9 On Your Side who works behind the camera.

We talk to our studio technicians during breaks, but when our talented staff is live in front of the cameras, we have to use a lot of non-verbal communication to relay important messages.

Traditional cues from our production team include:

  • One minute, 30 seconds, 15 seconds
  • Wrap it up
  • Toss to break
  • Cut
  • Stretch

On Good Morning Tri-State Wednesday morning, our team realized we didn’t have a set cue for Chopper 9, our helicopter. The signal we tried looked too much like “wrap,” so it was time to get creative!

Here’s a look at how you sign the word "helicopter" in American Sign Language.

While it was a good idea, we needed a cue that could be seen clearly from across the studio. Finally, we found that making a chopping sign with both hands like a chef made us think of “chopper.”

You can see an example of all our shorthand cues that we use in the studio by watching the video at the top.