Cleveland, OH (September 3, 2019)—Live event production solutions provider CP Communications turned to Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system to provide wireless communication for the recent MLB All-Star Game and surrounding live events.
“Something that has always stood out to me about Pliant’s CrewCom system is that it doesn’t require much effort on the user end. You can pick it up and it just works,” says Michael Mason, president of CP Communications. “CrewCom is lightweight, ergonomic, feels comfortable, and the battery lasts as long as I need it to. I couldn’t ask for more when it comes to a comms system.”
The coverage area needed for the MLB All Star game was fairly large. With its Control Unit (CU) housed in the production truck located across the street, approximately 1,000 feet from the house I/O, the system needed to span the distance to the stadium and also cover areas within the facility including in the bowl, the hallways behind the dugouts, the production offices and the service hallway. CrewCom’s new Fiber Hub provided the solution.
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Using multiple CrewCom four-volume radio packs and 10 radio transceivers (RTs), the MLB commissioner’s office could be assigned to their own production intercom channels while also having a direct line for communications to the television trucks: ESPN for the Home Run Derby and FOX for the All-Star Game. This setup allowed the MLB to communicate seamlessly with directors and producers in the network trucks to ensure a smooth production.
Mason says he finds CrewCom to be a solid option in the 900 MHz spectrum range, helping to avoid overcrowded frequencies. For a given event, CP Communications can use up to 36 radio packs with two control units. The system can easily be expanded for additional users.
Since CrewCom was released, CP Communications has relied on the wireless intercom system for dozens of live productions, including multiple WWE events including WrestleMania, and the past two seasons of college football with the Big Ten Network, as well as the MLB All-Star Game for the past two years, including the Home Run Derby and pre/post-game ceremonies.
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