Detroit, MI (February 7, 2006)–Hosting the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and the Rolling Stones at Ford Field during pre-game and halftime, this year’s Super Bowl was a musical must-see. And, James Stoffo of Professional Wireless Systems certainly had his work cut out for him in terms of RF management. Faced with the clutter of over 1,000 frequencies in use at the showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, he still found space for 20 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless using handheld transmitters outfitted with Shure’s SM58, Beta 58, and Beta 87A capsules.
James Stoffo of Professional Wireless Systems “All vocals were live this year,” Stoffo revealed just after halftime. “In terms of how extensively we depended upon Shure for both the pregame and halftime shows, it can best be summed up by saying that UHF-R was our choice for every performer except Joss Stone.”
Relying upon a Beta 87A, Stevie Wonder’s pregame performance helped pave the way to the Rolling Stones’ halftime appearance. Cavorting upon a giant stage shaped like the band’s legendary “lips” logo, the Stones ended their set with “Satisfaction,” a song old enough to have been played at Super Bowl I as Mick Jagger rightly noted. Keeping up with Jagger’s gyrations onstage was a UHF-R/SM58 system; UHF-R was also used on all of the Stones’ guitars.
Performing without a glitch throughout the game, Stoffo’s wireless blueprint represents the 10th he’s developed for the Super Bowl. Based in Orlando, FL, Professional Wireless Systems was subcontracted for the event by ATK Audiotek of Burbank, CA.