Wisconsin governor inaugurates a swearing-in webcast

Inauguration day in Wisconsin used to mean layering on plenty of winter garments to brave the arctic weather in Madison. The temperature reached only 15 degrees Fahrenheit during Gov. Jim Doyle's inauguration on Jan. 6. But state residents'and anyone else with Internet access'could stay home and watch streaming video and audio feeds of the ceremony.

Wisconsin Public Television's webcast used the MediaSite Live network appliance from Sonic Foundry Inc. of Madison to capture audio and video and stream it in Microsoft Windows Media Player format.

During the ceremony, 2,153 viewers linked to the site, at www.wisgov.state.wi.us. Since then, 1,925 visitors have viewed the archived ceremony on demand. The inaugural ball wasn't webcast, however. That's still an invitation-only event.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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