New Orleans, LA (January 4, 2005)–On New Year’s Eve, Sennheiser provided support for the first live national music broadcast from New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. National Public Radio’s 26th annual New Year’s Eve “Toast of the Nation” was broadcast from the legendary Tipitina’s Uptown nightclub in the Crescent City–and in 5.1 surround sound for the second straight year, no less. On hand to ring in the new year were local musicians The Hot 8 Brass Band and funk band Galactic.
Sennheiser and Neumann contributed a variety of microphones to the endeavor, including Sennheiser SKM5000 handheld transmitters outfitted with Neumann KK104 capsules, wireless SKM935G2 plus wired MD421-II, MKH50, MKH60 shotguns, MKH800s and Evolution series E902, E905, E614 and E935 microphones backed by EM3532 and EM550G2 dual true diversity transmitters.
Wireless monitoring systems included six Sennheiser EW300IEMG2 setups, SK500 G2 body-pack transmitters and an AC3000 antenna splitter. Neumann provided a KU 100 binaural stereo microphone for surround applications plus a number of KM 184, TLM 170, TLM 193s and TLM 127s.
Toast of the Nation, which was broadcast from outside NPR’s Washington, D.C. studios for the first time in its history, was a co-production by NPR and member station WBGO Jazz 88/Newark in association with the Tipitina’s Foundation, an organization established to help New Orleans artists recover and preserve the city’s cultural traditions.