Chicago, IL (January 6, 2012)—Clear-Com equipped Chicago’s ABC-owned WLS-TV with communications capability for the broadcast of the 2011 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration.
WLS-TV used two Clear-Com Tempest900 900 MHz digital wireless intercoms and three HME DX200 2.4 GHz digital wireless systems to coordinate its production.
The systems allowed the event coordinators to roam and communicate along Michigan Avenue, at any given time. This wireless intercom covered a three-city block span, between the Michigan Avenue Bridge to the south, and Illinois Street to the north.
“The Tempest900 functioned well, providing reliable communication throughout an extensive area of Michigan Avenue, even though it is an RF-hostile environment,” says Mike Cunningham, RF/audio engineer for WLS-TV. “We simply installed two Tempest900 systems at a single location at the base of the festival route, and that was sufficient to enable clear conversations to occur throughout the course of the event. This installation allowed for faster decision making, shortened response time, and ultimately, more effective collaboration.”
Clear-Com’s HME DX200 digital wireless intercoms were utilized in conjunction with the Tempest900 systems for stage managers, lighting and producer intercoms. The broadcast team employed the HME DX200 at the base of the parade route and the Tempest900 antennas along the parade itself.