Whether you’re doing a radio or TV sportscast, audio is always major part of the broadcast.
Doing a successful radio or TV broadcast of a sporting event has always been a somewhat complicated task. This is partly because you’re broadcasting from a temporary venue with carried-in equipment, not the permanent environment of a studio.
A successful broadcast requires lots of communication between the various players: the on-site talent, producers, video truck tech or main studio DJ, etc. The talent needs to hear their on-air cohorts (hosts, color man, etc), in addition to hearing cues from a producer or main studio. The producer needs to be give audible cues to the talent and the talent needs to talk back, off-air, to the producer without interrupting the play-by-play. The talent and/or producer may also need to hear the station’s off-air signal to seamlessly resume the play-by-play after a commercial break.
Lots of personnel need to hear lots of different audio, and with multiple announcers, you can be sure that each of them will want to hear something different in their headphones!
If this sounds like a complicated mess, it can be. Trying to re-invent this wheel every time you do a sportscast will require a truckload of gear and a lot of cables, setup time, and knowhow.
Henry Engineering figured there had to be a better, easier, and faster way to set up the audio portion of a radio or TV sporting event broadcast. They had these goals in mind:
1. The equipment must be easy to use by non-technical personnel.
2. The equipment must be easily and quickly installed on site.
3. The equipment must be reliable, foolproof, and affordable.
4. Talent must have volume control for his headphone.
5. Talent must control what he hears in his headphones:
Game mics, cues, off-air audio, etc, without confusion (!)
6. The producer must be able cue each announcer via his headphones.
7. Talent can talk back, off-air, to the producer or engineer
8. System must be compatible with common audio gear (mics, mixers, headphones, etc.)
After consulting with lots of the folks who actually do these events (talent, producers, engineers) we designed a comprehensive system that accomplishes all the goals above. It’s quick to install, easy to understand, and user-friendly to non-technical people.
The MultiPhones / Sports Pod system takes the hassle out of play-by-play sportscasting. It provides control without confusion. The system eliminates complicated equipment setups, time consuming wiring, and announcer complaints (mostly)! The system is easy and intuitive, letting talent concentrate on the game, not the hardware.
Watch for the complete review of the SportsPod by Tom White in the March issue of SVN! For more infomation on the SportsPod and other products, contact Henry Engineering at http://www.henryeng.com/spopod.html