Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2006)–In preparation for this year’s Major League Baseball (MLB) and subsequent National Football League (NFL) season coverage, FOX Networks Engineering and Operations in Los Angeles is currently in the process of completely upgrading the audio facilities of its two primary production stages used for FOX Sports.
The first phase of this project has been to install a 96-input Studer Vista 8 digital live production console into FOX Network Center Stage A, which, beginning with baseball’s official opening day on May 20, now hosts all of the network’s pre- and post-game coverage, including the Emmy Award-winning MLB on FOX Pregame Show hosted by Jeanne Zelasko with analyst Kevin Kennedy.
Starting in September, Stage A will also be used for NFL on FOX’s big pre-game, half-time and post-game wrap-up show, FOX NFL Sunday, hosted by Terry Bradshaw with analysts Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long.
The project’s second phase, planned for the third quarter of this year, will upgrade Stage B with another Vista 8 for FOX Sports’ enormously popular talk show Best Damn Sports Show Period.
The two Studer desks are being installed as part of an initiative to fully overhaul Stage A and B’s audio control suites, which previously utilized older analog mixing consoles. Upon completion, both suites and stages will carry a fully digital audio and video spec.
According to FOX Networks Engineering and Operations (NE&O) vice president Chris Bauer, the decision to utilize the Vista 8 was serendipitous. “Right about the time that we were initially starting to look around at digital consoles, Jamie Dunn of Studer USA had rather coincidentally contacted Jim Hopkins, our senior VP, to see if he could demo the Vista 8 for us; it was a case of good timing,” recalled Bauer. “So Jamie came in, showed us the desk, and we were impressed with its design and construction.”