Las Vegas, NV (December 10, 2014)—Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) once again supported Univision’s live broadcast with a custom RF communications package for the green carpet pre-show and main event.
The 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live on Univision from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The PWS team, led by lead RF coordinator James Stoffo, was onsite to monitor the RF spectrum and ensure that the show ran smoothly. Brooks Schroeder was the lead coordinator on the green carpet, coordinating and managing all pre-show frequencies and working alongside Stoffo to ensure that there was no interference leading up to the main broadcast. In total for the evening, PWS coordinated and managed more than 200 frequencies.
This marks the first year that the event was held at the MGM Grand, which presented some new challenges for the PWS team. “The MGM facility is not shielded, so we were being bombarded with a significant amount of television frequencies inside the venue, which we hadn’t experienced in prior years,” says Stoffo. “We also had to coordinate frequencies with KÀ, the neighboring Cirque de Soleil show, which in itself uses hundreds of frequencies within the spectrum. It was a big undertaking, but one that we were able to manage as a team through constant communication.”
For the pre-show green carpet activities, PWS supplied six Telex BTR-800s, as well as multiple Lectrosonic IFB systems and Shure UHF-Rs. For the live broadcast, PWS supplied four Telex BTR-800s, along with four PWS domed antennas and four PWS helical antennas. PWS also utilized a RAD UV-1G enhanced narrow band wireless intercom system for the main event, which provided PWS with the ability to use frequencies that would not interfere with the more than 200 existing frequencies already in use for the live broadcast.
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