A Western Carolina University alumnus and a former faculty member at the university, both part of NBC’s production team during the London Olympics, recently learned they and their colleagues have earned the network an Emmy Award for sports.
Jarrett Frazier, who received his bachelor’s degree in communication at WCU in May 2012, joined Gabe Nucci, former WCU communication faculty member, on a list of honored NBC crew members who were involved in the Olympics production last summer. Frazier and Nucci worked in the area of video controls during the Olympics broadcasts.
The NBC production team won the Emmy for “Outstanding Technical Team Studio.” The awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Nucci was Frazier’s teacher and mentor at WCU, and he helped Frazier land the job at the London games. Frazier completed his temporary job with NBC in London and went on to secure a permanent position with the network working in the video controls area as an ingest coordinator based out of Stamford, Conn.
Frazier said he didn’t see the Emmy broadcast live, but he got “absolutely a good feeling” later when he saw his name listed with the other NBC staffers who helped earn the honor.
“I was surprised just to have my name listed with all those people,” he said. “When I was in London, I knew how great (the NBC crew members) were at their jobs, so more than anything this is verification that those people are the best of the best.”
Frazier said his next special assignment with NBC will be working on the production team at the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next February.
Nucci worked his fifth Olympics at the London games, and the recent Emmy was the third one he has had a part in earning. Being part of a production team presented with an Emmy is a “big deal” on both personal and professional levels, Nucci said. “I’m very proud of Jarrett and his membership in this group, especially at such an early age,” he said.
Nucci also will be traveling to Russia to work on NBC’s winter Olympics production.