Prairie Sportsman production director, Tim Bakken, remembers what it was like creating episodes back in the day. (Way back, like 2011. Talk about #FlashbackFriday.)
Rich Massey, the former host of Prairie Sportsman, would sometimes record footage on his video camera - usually SVHS tape - and bring his footage to me to edit. I would spend time in the edit suite reviewing the raw footage and then create a five or six minute segment.
I would record the edit onto a VHS tape and Rich would take the video home and write a script and story to the video. Usually on a Wednesday evening after work, (he was teaching English at Lac qui Parle high school during the day), Rich would come into the edit suite and we would record his VO (voice over) onto a reel to reel audio tape that was set up in a different room.
After working this way for a few segments, I would set up and edit on the record deck and Rich would watch the video, (on a black and white monitor of course), in another room (within yelling distance) with a connection to the audio side of a record deck. After several attempts at recording, we had the final VO on tape. It took several attempts because Rich had to match the VO script he had written to the video. If there was an error, we had to start the process over from the very beginning. There were a few late nights spent editing and getting the timing lined up perfectly.
It was a creative environment where we needed to improvise with every project because we did not have the equipment necessary to make editing easier.
Watching these videos from the early days now is entertaining because I know the story behind the story and how the segment was created.