Anaheim, CA (September 29, 2017)—For a while, it was customary for every Super Bowl to end with a QB announcing “I’m going to Disneyland,” but for Rick Cutler, his sports broadcast career began when he left the fabled Magic Kingdom. A 20-year audio veteran, he started out in live mixing at Disney, but went out on his own to specialize in radio and TV remotes. Running RC Productions these days, he and his staff of 10 handle live broadcasts for the likes of Westwood One, SiriusXM and ESPN, taking on all varieties of high-profile events, including the NCAA Final Four basketball games.
RC Productions uses Yamaha TF Series digital mixing consoles mixing and monitoring as it handles the remote side of the broadcasts, working on-site at events to manage mixing the audio as well as the communications for the air staff and producers. Cutler accommodates the producers’ need to send and receive communications on-site and in the studio:
RC Productions started with an 01V, updating to DM1000 mixers that it still has in use but most of the company’s work finds it leaning on the TF consoles these days, so it has in inventory four TF1 Digital Mixers with Dante; a TF5 Digital Mixer with Dante; and three Tio1608-D Digital Stageboxes. “The TF Series consoles have the routing flexibility for everything we need without having to rely on a huge remote truck,” he said. “There are very few limits for what we need doing radio concert recordings or remote broadcasts, and we can even take stems through the multitracking functions of the TF to deliver a mixed event after the fact.”
This year, RC Productions handled the broadcasting for the NCAA Final Four on the Westwood One radio network. The NCAA Final Four took place at the University of Phoenix Stadium, so not only did this broadcast feature the standard courtside play-by-play broadcast; it also contained the “Host” studio elements from the remote location to fill in segments beyond the game itself. RC Productions tied in the courtside location to the booth over a fiber optic network using Dante over Fiber.
Cutler and his team mapped out the entire event: “For this broadcast, we used approximately 120 channels of audio over IP to transport the audio to the broadcast feed, and to create all the monitor mixes required for a radio broadcast. That also covers our intercom paths that enable the producers to communicate with the air talent as well as with other producers and the studio in New York. Ultimately we sent all the mixed audio to New York via ISDN digital networks to broadcast via satellite to the live audience – all handled by Yamaha TF Series digital mixers.”
For these purposes, Cutler provides a TF5 in the broadcast booth, a TF1 courtside for the play-by-play announcing, two Tio1608-D Stageboxes with one courtside and one in the booth connected via fiber networking, with each delivering both broadcast and monitoring solutions for the team.