Murphy-Stephans can exhale

Pac-12 Networks general manager Lydia Murphy-Stephans had been waiting for the moment for months. And when that moment finally came, she experienced two of the longest seconds of her life.

The networks launched at 6 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday evening with a one-hour special called "Pac-12 Live." But when the clock turned to 6:00 in the control room, there was a slight delay before the show took to the air.

"I saw 6:00:01, 6:00:02 and I wanted to vomit for a second," Murphy-Stephans said. "But as soon as we saw the first picture and heard audio, I was good."

Wednesday's launch was a culmination of an intense and ambitious ramp-up for Murphy-Stephans and her staff. Planning, creating and rehearashing are all well and good, but there was no avoiding the novelty of those first moments of live programming.

"Until the teleprompter said good night, I was a little anxious," Murphy-Stephans said.

And it wasn't like Murphy-Stephans eased into the launch. Fifteen minutes before Pac-12 Live came on the air, she was in an edit room working through some technical issues with some of the taped content for the show. Some of the on-air talent was asked to stand by the set to come on if the taped material didn't work.

It did, and the launch was a success.

"As soon as we went into the first taped piece, there was cheering and whistling," Murphy-Stephans said.


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