May 28, 2020
By Eric Eldredge, Dale Pro Audio
In a spirited virtual round table panel hosted by our valued partners at the Sports Video Group, some of the broadcast audio world's top talent convened for an online meeting discussing some of the challenges they've met in starting to get back to work in the early stages of a post-Covid-19 environment.
Host - Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group
Panelists - Henry Rousseau - ESPN, Glenn Stilwell - Pac-12 Networks, Henry Goodman - Calrec, Lucas Zwicker - LAWO, and Karl Malone - NBC Sports
Moderator - Tom Sahara, Freelance Broadcast Audio Consultant, Tom Sahara LLC
Dale's team of Broadcast Sales Professionals were in attendance.
A common theme was the incredibly short period of time that broadcasters had to complete a new remotely accessible on-air chain. Many people brought up the frustration of being at the mercy of the speed (or lack thereof) of talent and producers’ home internet speed.
Some of the highlights of the day:
A major point brought up was the unlikely event of hardware failure while “at home”. How do we approach redundancy when working remotely? This tied into other concerns being shared, such as ongoing airline and travel restrictions. Some of the ideas being floated even included a second set of play-by-play announcers "on-call" somewhere else as backups!
Top sports mix engineers/A1s Doug Deems, Dana Kirkpatrick, Fred Aldous and Jonathan Freed chimed in with their takes on some common questions regarding mixing games from home - is this possible? What are the challenges beyond just the bandwidth? Latency issues? Who is necessary to be on-site in the future?
Want to catch up? Our friends at SVG have the entire webinar archived above via their Youtube channel!
Dale's Joel Guilbert has already been closely following these sweeping changes in the industry: "It was really interesting to hear these top A1s insight, the sports broadcast world is going in an unknown direction and it’s great to listen to as many of the different perspectives."
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