Boiler Plate ScheduleEach year, the TV-61 General Managers sit down with the TV Program Managers and the Control Room Directors to map out a Boiler Plate schedule. All programs are then broadcast according to this schedule in an effort to block out the time needed to broadcast long shows or maximize the number of viewers who will watch TV 61.
The boiler plate schedule is just another example of how the WAVM students begin to understand, through mimicry, the workings of the TV Industry, because the TV networks plan their seasonal schedules to grab the highest possible ratings. Of course, WAVM isn't so concerned with Nielsen Ratings as much as their live show' crews being able to make it back from a sporting event on time. Still there is an effort, for example, to have children's programming aired at a time when children can view it, or a steady schedule so viewers will know which nights have regular live shows or taped sporting events.
Categories such as "Tiger Sports" would include any of the local sporting events at Maynard High School, particularly football, basketball, field hockey and soccer, and viewers will come to know that, on any given Wednesday and Thursday, they can see these events on TV 61. In addition to that, the Thursday sports event leads into "Talkin' Trash," a live sports talkshow. The thought is: if an TV viewer will tune into a football game, they will also be likely to remained tuned into the following program if it is similar in topic.
At WAVM, things don't happen by whim or accident. There's a very clear reasoning to all events or, according to Mags, "A method to the madness."
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