Lifelong Red Sox fan James Taylor sang the national anthem via a Shure UHF wireless mic. Boston, MA (November 2, 2007)–As a news magazine, Pro Sound News must remain impartial on many important issues facing the pro audio community. When it comes to baseball, however, we can freely admit that while we may be based in New York, a good-sized chunk of our editorial staff is comprised of Red Sox fans. It should be no surprise then, that after some digging, we’ve found a way to get our boys into the daily e-newsletter by pointing out that Shure microphones were used during Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, played at lovely Fenway Park–home of the 2007 Champion team, the Boston Red Sox.
There are a number of ways a World Series game differs from those in the regular season. Take the talent on hand, for one: This year in Game Two at Fenway Park, lifelong Red Sox fan James Taylor sang the national anthem, while Boyz II Men stood-in to provide their rendition of “God Bless America”, the song traditionally sung at the ballpark during the seventh-inning stretch.
Just as in Game One at Fenway this year, Boston Light & Sound was on hand at Game Two, lending a helping hand to sound reinforcement matters with Shure UHF wireless for the appearances made by both Taylor and Boyz II Men. Chosen to completely overhaul the venerable park’s audio earlier in this decade using a design penned by Dallas-based WJHW, BL&S brought portable wireless to this field of dreams that sees regular use for on-field entertainment and more.
“For Game One, we had the Boston Symphony Orchestra out in the middle of center field,” relates BL&S audio manager Zeke Zola. “We miked them with omni lavs mounted with little adapters on mic stands using four Shure UHF wireless systems. Shure UHF handheld units from our regular Fenway inventory saw duty for James Taylor and Boyz II Men.”
Led by head engineer Mark Rowinski, the BL&S crew staged the audio portions of the James Taylor/Boyz II Men performances in Game Two like clockwork, providing the necessary hustle to create and strike each set quickly.
“The range of our Shure wireless systems has always been great,” Zola adds. “When we first installed the system, we turned on the handheld transmitters out in the bleachers 500 feet away from the receivers, and maintained full range metering back in the control room the whole time. That sort of thing gives you a sense of reliability, which is important in a place like this where there are no second chances or time for excuses.”