Compton in the ABC News booth at the White House, Aug. 28 2013
In my recent post here about Vic Ratner and the audio tools he uses, I invited readers to
tell me about their own.
In response I heard from another iconic radio network reporter, Ratner’s co-worker Ann
Compton, who covers the White House, her beat since
1974 and the Ford administration.
“As a colleague
of Vic’s at ABC News Radio, I marvel at Vic’s unflappable control under any
conditions as he reports. I am not nearly as clever with gear,” Compton told me
seven presidents, my run bag is now down to a laptop on which I connect by
Skype (for free!); a headset with attached mic connected through a Shure X2u
XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter, which the N.Y. engineers vow sounds studio quality;
and a [Tieline] Report IT app on an iPhone, from which I dialed in live to make
the 7 a.m. newscast the morning green paint was splattered on the Lincoln
Compton adds: “It was a lowly Motorola
clam-shell cellphone on which I broadcast the dramatic flight of the president
in the 10 hours after terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001.” She was, in fact, the only broadcast reporter allowed to remain
aboard Air Force One that day.
News veterans: What audio
tools do you love? Share the word.