Washington, DC (May 20, 2016)—Veteran audio technician and mixer Greg Shaffir, responsible for the sound of Face the Nation on CBS, employs a number of miniature Sanken lavalier microphones to capture the voices of the host and guests on the Sunday morning political interview show.
“Each week, we have a main guest and then a panel or two of varying different sizes and we have very little time to change from one setup to another,” explains Shaffir. As the A1 audio technician, he works closely with his A2 assistant, who puts mics on the guests. “The teamwork is very crucial when doing a live television show like this one.”
The current Face the Nation moderator is John Dickerson, who succeeded long-time predecessor Bob Schieffer in 2015. The program was created by Frank Stanton in 1954, and is one of the longest-running news programs in the history of television.
Shaffir offers some tips on the use of the Sanken lavaliers: “I like to use windscreens even if I am inside, because it minimizes sibilance. Our first choice of position is in the center of the necktie, or on the lapel, about four inches below the mouth. That works best because if someone turns their head, you get less drop-off and there is no change in coloration. I found that other mics have coloration problems when you get off-axis.”