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Freelance Engineer/Overdrive Operator

Tribune Company New York, NY

Ross Overdrive Operator and Acuity Switcher operator for a fast paced live Television News show. Candidate will be responsible for operating Ross Overdrive system to produce live news broadcasts and pre-produced content. Create all necessary show templates, custom controls, Dashboard elements and code show rundowns in the Opus Newsroom control system. Must be very familiar with a MOS based automated Newsroom. Familiarity with VizRT graphics systems, Vinten Robotics and Wheatstone Audio Console is required.

  1. Prepare and execute the operation of the Ross automated production control system for live and recorded television broadcasts. Using a OPUS Newsroom Build rundowns for all Newscasts.
  2. Creation and utilization of templates to automate production functions including: technical directing, audio mixing, video playback, graphics insertion, robotic operations, live/remote segment cut-ins. Integrate commercial playback.
  3. Other responsibilities include; Audio (A1), Audio Assist (A2) , Video shading, Robotics, Video Server ingest / playback, Routing switchers operation and VizRT graphics playback.


College graduate or equivalent technical training. Communications, Electronic Technology, or related degree is helpful. Three years of related job experience.


This position requires minor lifting and some walking, as it involves the setup of a television show. The ability to carry 50 pounds of equipment, including camera, cables, tripod and various television equipment is required on a daily basis. The ability to sit for long periods is necessary. Able to execute commands based upon aural directives. High visual and aural acuity along with data entry using a keyboard. Exposure to low noise levels.


Ability to work closely with Talent and Production staff often without supervision. Ability to work under tight deadline and time constraints.   Ability to make quick decisions that are both content coherent and technically accurate.



Highly complex system. Must have outstanding computer skills. Understanding of Audio and Video theory and techniques.  Knowledge of FCC regulations in regard to technical Audio/Video standards to ensure WPIX compliance.


The Overdrive Operator must often make critical last minute decisions.   Due to the nature of the News business, late breaking stories for example, quick decision making abilities are critical to the success of the News show.   Failure to act quickly and accurately can result in a loss of revenue or legal action taken against the station.  


Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment, and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching more than 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, whose reach is approaching 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and a variety of digital applications and websites commanding 60 million monthly unique visitors online. Tribune Media also includes Chicago's WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds a variety of investments, including a 31% equity interest in TV Food Network and a 32% equity interest in CareerBuilder. For more information please visit

Tribune Company


New York, NY