Athens, Greece (August 16, 2004)–Sennheiser and wireless systems specialists, Total RF of Bensalem, PA, are supplying large quantities of ENG audio systems for NBC’s broadcasts of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The equipment, including Sennheiser handheld and lavalier microphones plus RF bodypacks, transmitters, receivers, IFB Systems and accessories, will be packaged into “venue” and “feature” kits.
Sennheiser EK3041 ENG true diversity receivers, together with accompanying SK5012 miniature RF bodypack transmitters, will be supplied in both the venue and the features kits for use by NBC’s crews. The packages will also include Sennheiser MD46 handheld and MKE2 lavalier mics, as well as pole-mounted MKH60 shotgun and MKH30 figure-of-eight microphones for M-S Stereo point source capture. IFB systems will include the new Evolution EW300IEM-G2 systems, including the AC2 4-to-1 IEM signal combiner and A2003-UHF directional IEM transmission antenna.
“When we choose a product, it must first offer unquestioned reliability and technical specifications,” observed Bob Dixon, project manager for sound design at NBC Olympics. “On the artistic side, we need the definition that will enable us to provide our audience with a clear and natural sound from our announce teams, and capture the subtleties of what’s happening in and around this amazing Olympic venue. The SK5012 provides performance in an unparalleled form factor.”
According to Dixon, NBC’s Olympics unit also owns and uses 158 Sennheiser HMD 25-1-XQ announcer headsets and 200 or so MD46 handheld microphones.
Total RF is additionally providing NBC with 42 SK250 miniature tunable bodypack transmitters, six EM3031 rack-mount true diversity receivers, and 32 channels of EM3532 true diversity dual receivers. “We provide anything that’s wireless to NBC for the Games–the cameras, mics, P/Ls, IFBs, control systems, and data systems,” stated company owner, Steve Gansky.
Total RF has shipped the equipment to NBC’s field shop in Athens, explains Gansky, where it is repackaged for each venue, where the company’s engineers set it up and ensure it is operational. “Then we turn it over to the A2s, the local audio guys, in each venue,” he said. “We’re the installers, the babysitters, the super-techs.”
The six NBC networks–NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo, and Telemundo, plus an NBC High Definition platform–will broadcast around the clock to provide an unprecedented 1,210 hours of coverage from the 17-day Olympic Games in Athens this summer. NBC is providing HDTV coverage for the first time by a U.S. broadcaster at a Summer Olympics. Telemundo’s Spanish-language broadcast will provide the first exclusively non-English language Olympic broadcast in U.S. television history.