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Sunrise: Play by Play of the London 2012 Olympics from the Couch

August 27, 2014

Sunrise, we all know it. Australia’s number one breakfast show, it’s in the background as we get ready for work- keeping track of our time, it’s the show we watched when we stayed home from school, sick.  

How could we forget the greatest role Sunrise has played in our lives, giving us the most important information we need, when we needed it.  Remember the magnificent work of channel 7, transporting us from the couch to London in 2012… 

8:14am Thursday 26 July, 2012 – Day before the Opening Ceremony

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The day before the Opening Ceremony, we are getting excited.  We are looking at the clock, thinking about the time in London. The lovely-not too glamorous show host Mel gives us an idea of what to expect.  Immediately we are transported from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary in London, iconic Big Ben in the background, the live siren pulsing in the bottom right hand side of the TV screen. 

We are all captivated, watching together. We hear of the female correspondents endeavour to stalk the royals, how exciting, ‘Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Royals.’ Then news that we can buy Kate Middleton’s same dress for just 35 pounds, where can we get it!? We watch the royals on our screen, they playing football, just like us. We all want to ‘stalk’ the royals.  So we keep watching. 

7:23am Friday 27 July, 2012 – 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Finally, the day has arrived, we wouldn’t know it unless we tuned in to Sunrise with the exclusive rights.  

From studio 52, we go live to London, seamlessly. 

The first male correspondent is at the stadium, he tells us of the incredible atmosphere, he speaks of the weather, the possible shower that passed.  Yes, we know it’s real, you have us.  Gather the family (Anderson, 1983), this historic event is happening now, LIVE.  We are all a part.

Then we cross to the female correspondent she tells us the ceremony cost 40 million, she excitedly recounts the celebrities that are present including; Daniel Craig, J K. Rowling, exasperated she says there’s more.  We see it, fireworks over Big Ben and the London Bridge, just as extravagant as we expected

Back to the studio and the twitter feed has ignited @London2012.

7:47am Friday 27 July, 2012 – 2012 London Olympics – Home And Away Games

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The London 2012 logo is there again, we know it’s happening.  Our host’s are now on the couch with us, us in our PJ’s, them in suits (J Weiten & M. Panti, 2005). Sam Says:

“Our Olympians are in great shape heading into these games”

We know, we get the notion that the liveness is a facade (Ellis, 1992).  We don’t care.  Switch from the studio to the pre-recorded segment ‘Home and Away Games,’ familiar theme song, wrong time of day, London in the background instead of Summer Bay.

The voiceover convincingly tells us of the many Australian’s that are a part of the Olympics.  Running the Public Transport, managing security, managing the sites.  It might as well be us, I’ll bet we know them, might be related.  Screen fades into a continuing reel of London tourist attractions, we know all of them. 

Then we are back to the couch at Sunrise, fascination on our faces, tantalising us all (Dayan and Katz, 1992).

8:44am Friday 27 July, 2012 – 2012 London Olympics – Then and Now

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A quick recap of the former London Olympic Games in 1948.  We are transported to a darker time, the TV is now in black and white, clippings of World War II, Hitler, the destruction, impoverished people.  It’s all running a bit slower at 8:45am, we pace ourselves with the past. 

We hear the story recounted from two Australian Olympians, one a swimmer, the other a sprinter, we love them both. They are sentimental, sweet.  We go into their homes and they share precious memories.

We feel a sense of pride, patriotism, and nostalgia as he displays the Australian flag.  This is our heritage, our history.  

Back on the couch the presenters are chiming about the sentimental piece, looking at one another with glee. 

8:54am Friday 27 July, 2012 – 2012 London Olympics – Pop Culture, Music Genre

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Things are different now.  Some of us have gone off to work, others off to school or university, and some of us are settling little ones down to nap.

Meanwhile, attractive show host James Tobin is interviewing Billy Corgan, lead singer from Smashing Pumpkins.  The interview is pre-recorded, it’s clear we aren’t in the studio.  

Tobin moves from the screen. Hmmm, lets switch off.  

 6:40am Sunday 29 July, 2012 – 2012 London Olympics – Aussie Olympians

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It’s still happening, how could we forget!  Our favourites, Kochie and Mel remind us on Weekend Sunrise.  

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The set is different, enveloped with Green and Gold.  Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! The familiar chant comes to mind.  

The close up of Kochie and Mel zooms out to see the whole audience there, cheering on our Aussie’s.  Everyone is there, mum’s, dad’s, brother’s, sister, uncles, kids.  Complete with Australian Flags.  Kochie and Mel interview three former Olympians, we get an idea of what our Olympians are going through, what we can expect.  They need us to cheer them on.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oy, Oy, Oy!

Time to get ready.  I stand up from the couch, alone.  where did everyone go?

As Rath cited Morey, the empty space, momentarily filled was once again void (2000)


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