James Burns manages the day-to-day operations of King County TV (Channel 22), King County's government access cable TV station.

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KING COUNTY TV STATION MANAGER
James Burns

What do you do? I manage the day-to-day operations of King County TV (Channel 22), King County’s government access cable TV station. My duties include deciding what programs play back on the channel, assigning staff to projects, planning for future upgrades, and anything else that fits under the heading, “other duties as assigned.”

How did you get started in that field? I’m fortunate to be working in the field I studied in college. After earning my bachelor’s degree in communications, I worked in production at four commercial TV stations; two locally, KING and KOMO. As a producer/director, I directed news and talk shows as well as entertainment, public affairs and sports programs. That experience was good preparation for some of the challenges I’ve faced in this position.

What’s a typical day like? Typically, I check in with staff on projects, respond to station email, schedule programs to run on the channel and plan coverage of upcoming events. Right now we’re at the beginning stages of a full upgrade to high definition, and that takes a lot of my time.

What’s the best part of the job? I have a very small staff and they do an amazing job of creating videos and programs that inform our viewers about King County services. Seeing an idea grow into an informative segment or program is very satisfying.

What surprises people about your job? People are surprised to learn that TV doesn’t happen instantly; that it takes a lot of planning to create a TV program or segment and get it on the air. They are also surprised to learn that there is a fully functioning cable TV station on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse. I get a lot of seagulls pecking on my office window.

What do you do? I manage the day-to-day operations of King County TV (Channel 22), King County’s government access cable TV station. My duties include deciding what programs play back on the channel, assigning staff to projects, planning for future upgrades, and anything else that fits under the heading, “other duties as assigned.”

How did you get started in that field? I’m fortunate to be working in the field I studied in college. After earning my bachelor’s degree in communications, I worked in production at four commercial TV stations; two locally, KING and KOMO. As a producer/director, I directed news and talk shows as well as entertainment, public affairs and sports programs. That experience was good preparation for some of the challenges I’ve faced in this position.

What’s a typical day like? Typically, I check in with staff on projects, respond to station email, schedule programs to run on the channel and plan coverage of upcoming events. Right now we’re at the beginning stages of a full upgrade to high definition, and that takes a lot of my time.

What’s the best part of the job? I have a very small staff and they do an amazing job of creating videos and programs that inform our viewers about King County services. Seeing an idea grow into an informative segment or program is very satisfying.

What surprises people about your job? People are surprised to learn that TV doesn’t happen instantly; that it takes a lot of planning to create a TV program or segment and get it on the air. They are also surprised to learn that there is a fully functioning cable TV station on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse. I get a lot of seagulls pecking on my office window.