Vista, CA (September 29, 2014)—Sound mixer Mike McQueen put his K-Tek boom poles to the test for NASCAR’s “All Access,” which aired during the TNT summer series and is now on NASCAR.com.
“We started in Dover and from there, it went all over the country,” explains McQueen. “During the week, we would visit the race team shop, follow the driver to some personal and team events. Then we’d head to the next track, sometimes on either the teams’ or driver’s jet. We attended races at Dover, Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, Kentucky, Daytona, and finished our coverage going to New Hampshire. With most of the race shops around Charlotte, NC, we found ourselves in that area quite a bit, too.”
The teams and drivers were very protective of their technology and “not to mention, they didn’t enjoy having mics hovering over them all the time,” he explains. “It took a lot of knowing when and when not to throw the boom in. There were times when lavs could be used but boom work was very prominent on this show. Other than that, it was long days, lots of time on my feet carrying a bag over my shoulders and dealing with the weather.”
McQueen’s first boom was a K-Tek. “I liked their design so when it came to upgrading, I picked up two Klassic Boom Poles [152CC and 102CC]. These five-section poles are lightweight, thoughtfully designed, and sturdy. The fact that I can go from the shortest range of 1 ft. 4 in. to the full extension of nearly 21 ft. is a plus. I don’t have to put one down and pick up and set up another.”