Houston, TX (February 23, 2004)–When the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers squared off in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, the action on the field was broadcast to a worldwide audience of 800 million viewers in 220 countries and territories, and in 28 different languages. Present at the game was a considerable staff of microphone and intercom engineers and product specialists from Burnsville-based Telex Communications, Inc. to make sure everything went off without a hitch. With over 1,000 frequencies used on game day, Super Bowl XXXVIII became not only the biggest game of the year in football, but wireless as well.
The logistical efforts required to pull off the broadcast production for the big event were equally far-reaching, and involved the use of a number of Telex and Electro-Voice wireless microphone products. General manager of Electro-Voice and Telex Wired and Wireless Microphones, Joel Johnson explained: “Our job at SuperBowl XXXVIII was to provide the referee microphones for the stadium and broadcast. We were located in the first row of the stands behind the Patriots’ sideline at about the 30-yard line. We used the Electro-Voice CDR-1000 dual wireless so we could take advantage of the antenna pass through and headphone jack along with the standard Telex referee bodypack. We were able to use two antennas on the four receivers without carrying an extra splitter. The headset jack allowed us to match the gains and sound of the main and back-up systems before the game, without taking up valuable time over the PA. EV/Telex wireless microphones product manager Dave Egenberger also monitored audio performance during the game in real-time so if there was any problem, we’d know immediately. We also used the SoundCheck screen to check our RF coverage over the entire field. Even though there were 1,000 frequencies in use, we had no RF problems. The system performed flawlessly.”
Super Bowl XXXVIII referee Ed Hochuli made a similar comment with regard to the new Electro-Voice RE92Tx microphone and Telex FMR-1000 bodypack transmitter he wore throughout the game, “The mic worked flawlessly. Thanks for all the extra attention.”
Telex Pro Audio Group VP of sales and intercom/wireless product expert Tom Hansen remarked, “There was a request for nearly 1,000 frequencies on game day–a very crowded RF environment to say the least. However, with our advances in wireless, it was not as difficult as it could have been. Everything word came across crystal clear, with no drop-outs, interference, or other problems.”
Telex Communications, Inc.