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Guest Guide



The ThinkTech Studios are located in Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 888, on Fort Street Mall between Merchant and King Street, convenient to the heart of all downtown.


There is a parking garage in Pioneer Plaza.  To get there drive mauka on Bethel from Nimitz and turn right on Merchant and the entrance to  the parking lot is about half way down the block on the mauka side of Merchant.  There is also a parking garage with ample parking and modest prices in Harbor Court only a block away.  To get there drive mauka on Bethel from Nimitz and the entrance to the parking garage will on your right just after you turn onto Bethel. ThinkTech does not validate parking for its Talk Show hosts or guests.


Since the studio is outfitted with a green screen, it is advisable not to wear green, green-blue or bright white clothing.  T-shirts are not advisable for our shows.  You may wear a coat and tie, but aloha wear is always appropriate.  Shorts are permitted, since you will be seated and they will not be shown on the video.


It’s critical that you get to the studio on time so that we can start the show on time.  If the shoot is at 4:00 p.m., for example, please try to get there by 3:45 p.m. so we can get ready at convenience and without unnecessary showtime pressure.  When you arrive, please try to be seated at the studio table as soon as it is available. This will help us mic you up and prepare for the show. If you arrive late, we will not hold the show for you; we’ll try to seat you, if possible, in the next break.  Please be careful walking around the studio, and do not go into the Control Room or block to the door to the Control Room.  Our broadcast quipment is in there, and you may interfere with the people or production or our broadcasts there.

Cell phones

Please turn off your phone when you walk in so you’ll be sure not to have the interruption of calls during the broadcast.  Note also that cell phone reception in the studio is in any case marginal.

Signing in

When you arrive, please sign in on our blue covered ThinkTech studio log to record your appearance that day.

Taking care

The studio is loaded with fragile equipment and wires.  As you walk around, please take care not to trip on the wires or break the equipment.  If you bring beverages with you, please leave them carefully on a counter during the show.  It doesn’t look good to have them on the table during the broadcast  In any event, please be careful not to spill them on the equipment or wires.  In any event, we would appreciate if you did not bring any food into the studio.


There are restrooms only a few steps away from the studio.  Take the appropriate restroom key with you for access.  After you walk out the front door of the studio, just keep walking left and you’ll find them in a moment.  If there is any question it is advisable to make a restroom stop before the show begins, since there is little or no time to leave the table after the broadcast has started.


We have found that the shows most popular with our followers and listeners are the ones with the highest quality of content.  Please therefore try to be relevant, accurate and articulate in what you say, and avoid defamation or profanity, either oral or in any graphics you may bring onto the program.  Likewise, we ask that you do not bring graphics or sound onto the program that may be in bad taste or an infringement of anyone else’s copyright or right of privacy.

Delivery of Graphics

If you’d like to refer to graphics, either photos or short movie clips, in the show email them to our Production Manager Zuri Bender (zuri.bender@gmail.com) by 12:00 noon of the day of your show.  Our production software is compatible with PNG, JPEG, GIF or TIFF formatted graphics. Quicktime, mov and mp4s are okay for short video clips. You can also bring those graphics with you on a thumb drive when you come to the studio in hopes we will have time before the show to upload them on to our broadcast system.  If you don’t get them to us early enough, we may not have enough time to include them in the show. Please make sure you have rights to broadcast these images and that are not an infringement on anyone else’s copyright.

Table manners

Please stay as close to the center of the interview table as comfort permits so we can get a good picture for the video.  We use a table microphone to make the conversation easier.  It is very sensitive, so please do not pound on the table when you want to make a point.  Note that the sound of  jewelry will be picked up by this microphone, so it’s better to put heavy or noisy jewelry away.   It’s fine to bring papers with you and put them on the table, but don’t spend too much time ruffling through them – remember that the microphone will pick up that sound.You can keep your hands on the table or under the table – either way is fine.  If you are noticeably shorter in height than other guests, we can give you a phone book to make you the same height behind the table.

Where to look

During the interview, you are best off looking at the person or people you are talking with, rather than looking at the camera.  However, if you want to make a specific point to the viewing audience, then it would be appropriate to look at the camera to make your point.

Voice levels

You don’t want to shout and you don’t want to whisper either.  Since we use a table microphone to make the conversation easy, the best approach on voice levels is to generally keep your voice at the same level as the host.

Commercial Content

Guests should not openly promote or permit the open promotion of commercial ventures or the sale of goods or products during the show, since that is likely to disqualify the show for broadcast on Community Television and lead to the impositions of sanctions for a violation of the rules relating to commercial advertising on Community TV.

Length of comments

When you respond to the host in the interview format, you probably want to keep your answers to no more than about three minutes to let your host take you to the next question.  If you go on too long, or if your answers are monosyllabic, you’re likely to lose the audience.  The important thing is to be informative and interesting, and to have fun.


We ask and expect our guests to be congenial, respectful and cooperative with our staff and to accede to our studio conventions and production requirements.  This includes questions of seating and handling of equipment and beverages.  We also ask and expect our guests to be appropriately attired for video production and to refrain from chewing gum or engaging in other habits or conduct that may diminish the quality of the production.

Saying farewell

When the show is over, please carefully take off your microphone and leave the mic and the mic clip and wire behind.  When the show is over, people often like to continue the conversation.  Please do that outside the studio, since the staff needs to clean up and close up and it will be easier for them to do so if you continue the conversation outside.  Before you leave, please take a look at our ThinkTech Sponsorship Opportunities information sheet, copies of which are available in the studio.   We’d be grateful if you would consider making a contribution to keep ThinkTech going.

Ownership of videos

All rights in the video and audio produced are and remain the property of ThinkTech Hawaii.  The guests will not have any rights in the video or audio or other aspect or element of the content created. ThinkTech will be free to treat, process, edit, broadcast, disseminate, distribute, publicize and promote this content in any way it sees fit, or to determine not to use it at all.