Washington, DC – September 2010… Lectrosonics wireless microphones, recognized the world over for their robust performance, were recently deployed as part of a facility upgrade at the NBC News network’s Washington, DC bureau. The facility is home to NBC’s Meet the Press and also houses the network’s Washington area affiliate, WRC-TV.
The new equipment was sold and installed by the Herndon, VA (Washington, DC suburb) office of Bexel Broadcast Services, a major broadcast, video, audio, and communications sales, rental, and service operation with offices nationwide. Bexel also operates a design/build division that specializes in systems integration for commercial applications. Jim Dugan, Sr. Project Engineer for Bexel’s Herndon, VA-based office, managed the design and deployment of the new equipment at NBC’s facilities. He discussed the nature of the project.
“NBC’s Washington area complex houses facilities for both national and local broadcast operations,” Dugan explained. “In addition to the studio that is used for Meet the Press, local NBC affiliate WRC-TV also has their news control rooms and studios located in this building. Further, there is also another studio and control room for MSNBC’s Morning Joe, a weekday morning talk show with Joe Scarborough that covers the news of the day in a panel format with co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist. The deployment of the Lectrosonics equipment was a major undertaking that resulted in new systems for each of these groups.”
For the NBC network, Dugan and his associates designed and installed a wireless setup utilizing Lectrosonics’ highly acclaimed Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology. The system, as specified by NBC’s Joe Shalhoup, is comprised of twelve SM Series Super Miniature beltpack transmitters for use with lavaliere microphones along with two Venue series mainframes—each fully stocked with six VRT receiver modules. Additionally, eight Lectrosonics IFBT4 compact IFB transmitters and eight R1a UHF beltpack IFB receivers were deployed for communication between talent and production staff. All of this runs on a 4 zone Bexel distributed antenna system that supports the main production studio, the news room, the green rooms and adjacent hallways, as well as the outside stand-up position.
For WRC-TV, the Bexel team designed and installed a system that consists of four Digital Hybrid Wireless UM400a beltpack transmitters and a Venue series mainframe stocked with four VRT receiver modules. Four Lectrosonics IFBT1 IFB transmitters and eight R1a UHF beltpack IFB receivers handle communication between talent and production staff. This setup is on a separate two zone system that supports WRC-TV’s news room and weather positions as well as their main production studio.
For MSNBC and Morning Joe, Dugan specified a setup consisting of eight Lectrosonics SM Series beltpack transmitters and two Venue mainframes, each stocked with four VRT receiver modules. For communication between talent and production staff, the Bexel team deployed eight Lectrosonics IFBT1 IFB transmitters and ten R1a UHF beltpack IFB receivers. This system utilizes a Lectrosonics ALP600 LPDA antenna for both transmit and receive functions.
“Lectrosonics’ audio quality is first-rate,” Dugan reports, “and their proven reliability throughout the entire product line made this equipment the right choice for NBC’s operations. The incorporation of the antenna systems provides the ability to support all the wireless mics, IFB’s, and wireless intercom across all zones. This way, stage managers, lighting, camera, and audio technicians plus all talent can easily communicate without any cumbersome wires. We’ve received very positive feedback from the folks at NBC. They love the coverage they’re getting from the antenna systems and, as expected, the Lectrosonics equipment delivers exactly as we knew it would. We’ve been relying on Lectrosonics wireless technology for the most demanding TV work. For us, it goes without saying that Lectrosonics makes a solid product.”
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theater 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.