NORAD NEWS

NORAD offers live interviews from the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | December 14, 2010

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa and media are invited to participate in many different ways, to include conducting live interviews with senior NORAD officers on Dec. 24.  Here are the many ways media can participate:

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) - Through DVIDS, NORAD will offer opportunities for live interviews from the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center as well as audio, video, B-Roll, and select historical “Santa Cam” files.  

The senior NORAD officers will include U.S. Navy Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr., NORAD Commander and Canadian Lieutenant-General Marcel Duval, NORAD Deputy Commander. The senior leaders will be actively tracking Santa and available for live satellite interviews on Dec. 24 from 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST.  On-scene audio-visual specialists will help facilitate all interviews.  Scheduling is necessary in order to accommodate all interested news organizations.

Broadcasters interested in arranging an interview, or downloading video, audio, B-Roll, and select historical “Santa Cam” files should contact the DVIDS 24-hour media hotline (678) 421-6612 or 877-DVIDS-247 or visit www.dvidshub.net and click on the media request link.  Please adhere to the broadcasting instructions.

Tracking Maps - In addition, broadcasters may embed the tracking map on their web site or broadcasts by going to http://www.noradsanta.org/en/media.html.

NORAD Tracks Santa Media Operations Center - Media outlets desiring an update on Dec. 24 may call into the NORAD Tracks Santa Media Center at (719) 556-1910 or (719) 556-5128. Be advised that phone lines may be extremely busy.