"It's the worst RF environment I've ever seen, and the Lectrosonics gear is up to the task."
Hollywood, CA (December 6, 2016) — From its 7,000-square-foot street-side multi-stage studio complex in the W Hotel at the legendary intersection of Hollywood and Vine, BiteSizeTV's Hollywood Today LIVE serves up a daily diet of entertainment news, pop culture stories, lifestyle segments and celebrity interviews. The studio, which opened in January 2014, is located in a dense RF environment in the heart of Hollywood, so this summer the facility added Lectrosonics SSM super slight micro transmitters and Venue2 receivers to ensure trouble-free audio on its in-house productions.
The local RF environment, in combination with the city's numerous over-the-air television channels, proved too hostile for the studio's previous wireless microphone system. "We were getting lots of hits with our previous gear, which really wasn't broadcast quality," says chief engineer Jassen Hansken, who worked on the redesign project together with broadcast engineer Bernel Nery and audio engineer Jon Brunner. "We got midway through our season this year and realized that audio was a real problem. So we decided to redo the audio booth, and upgrade all the microphones in the studio."
Following a site survey and system recommendation by Phil Soussan of Soussan Pro Audio the facility is now equipped with 12 channels of Lectrosonics SSM super slight micro belt-pack transmitters and two six-channel Venue 2 receivers. The super-miniature transmitters are paired with Countryman lavalier microphone elements. "There are four to six hosts plus various guests on a daily basis," Hansken elaborates, also noting that the new Lectrosonics equipment has been working well since it was installed. "It has been perfect. And the small size of the SSM transmitters is great – our female guests especially appreciate them. "
The studios are situated less than a block from a number of live entertainment venues, including the famed Pantages Theatre, and above a Metro rail line, demanding a robust and reliable wireless system. "It's the worst RF environment I've ever seen," says Hansken, a 20-year veteran of the broadcast industry, "and the Lectrosonics gear is up to the task."
BiteSizeTV's Hollywood Today LIVE is produced on multiple sets at the Hollywood studios beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific/12:00 p.m. Eastern every weekday, airing nationwide on FOX Television Stations in markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and on 33 of Media General's markets, including San Francisco, Tampa and Indianapolis. Ross Mathews, Garcelle Beauvais, Tanner Thomason and Amanda Salas host the show, Manny Rodriguez is Director of HTL, Steve Holzer, former producer of Good Day L.A. and Access Hollywood, serves as Executive Producer.
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company's dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
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