New York (December 20, 2007)–NBC’s annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast recently employed RF specialists Kevin Sanford and Wireless First to provide an array of Sennheiser equipment to bring the event to the crowd at Rockefeller Center and to the viewers at home watching the one-hour network prime time special and two-hour WNBC local telecast.
Musical artists Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and Taylor Swift all used Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless handhelds fitted with Neumann KK 105 S capsules, according to Sanford. “And all the hosts were on Sennheiser SKM 5000s or 5200s with SK 250 miniature body pack transmitters.” One dozen Sennheiser evolution wireless G2 personal monitors systems were also on-hand for the artists.
Co-host Roker likes to engage the crowd, noted Sanford, requiring uniform coverage of the entire area. “There were two sets of a dozen receivers with split antennas in all different directions so that I could cover everything. I never really know what’s going to happen. Al may suddenly decide to talk to the audience. It’s a very loose outline, so we have to be prepared.”
The six-block Rockefeller Center complex is an RF-intensive environment, encompassing WNBC and NBC network broadcast facilities in the GE Building plus the adjacent Radio City Music Hall – whose Rockettes were featured on the telecast. New Qualcomm masts atop the Empire State Building made themselves regularly known, says Sanford, “I kept seeing this broadband data in the 700MHz range every hour or so. I’d watch the noise floor go up 30dB for about five minutes then drop back down. But, he said, the Sennheiser gear was up to the task at hand, “The show was flawless.”