David Missall (left)
with Michael StevensCharlotte, NC (July 10, 2009)--Sennheiser has teamed up with FOX Sports to offer a practical, hands-on, trial-by-fire introduction to real-world sports broadcasting for promising students of telecommunications.
David Missall, Sennheiser's director of market development for the Eastern region, originated the program and selected its first student, junior Michael Stevens of Ball State University, to work with industry veteran Fred Aldous in the FOX Sports mix truck at the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race in Charlotte, NC.
"I don't see a lot of people coming up behind my generation," said Aldous, who holds the dual titles of FOX Sports audio consultant and senior mixer. "Most students are fixated on breaking into the music, recording or live sound markets. I think it's important to show students that there are careers outside of the music business--and good careers at that!"
Sennheiser paid for Stevens' travel, hotel and expenses for the intense, two-day experience. "I was surprised at how much actually goes into that broadcast," Stevens said. "I had the idea that there was a main TV and a sub switch for video replays, but it's so much more than that. FOX had four trucks, and they were all equally important. It was really cool to see how all the components interacted."
Aldous said of Stevens, "Even though we originally wanted someone focused on audio, it was a benefit that he knew so much about so many different areas, because he got the big picture. I put him in the room with the producers and directors so he could get a better perspective on the interaction that they have. He sat with my effects mixer, the radio mixer. He saw how our graphics interact. It was to our benefit that he had a good basic understanding of television production."
Based on this initial success, Sennheiser plans to repeat the unique internship program on an annual or semi-annual basis.