Most of the time the focus in these roundups is on the weekend, but we are coming to the end of a very busy work week across the country.
Corporate events had us busy up the Pacific Coast earlier in the week, as it is time for quarterly earnings reports. On Wednesday, Chris Hovden was at ServiceNow headquarters in Santa Clara, CA for a live interview with the company’s CEO, John Donahoe.
Up in Bellevue, WA, we were back at T-Mobile headquarters to hear what John Legere had to say about his company’s first quarter. David Meyer has been there quite a few times, and he now has yet another flawless transmission under his belt, as T-Mobile stockholders around the world can attest.
And, as usual, the CK30 mobile teleport was rocking and rolling on Monday and Tuesday nights. Driver Joe Kelderhouse got her safely to Des Moines, IA for Monday Night RAW at the Wells Fargo Arena. Joe and Zane Michaels then headed over to Lincoln, NE for Tuesday night’s Smackdown show at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Now Joe’s on his way to Lexington, KY for next week’s shows, for which we’ll have Nick Ray at the helm of our WWE truck.
It was also a big week for entertainment events. On Monday, Wes Hill had our LA Sprinter tucked in next to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the huge “Avengers: Endgame” premiere, which featured stars from across the Marvel Universe.
And it was a glamorous couple of days in Vegas leading up to the Latin Billboard Music Awards, live from Mandalay Bay on Thursday night. Brian Blomstrom took care of the main show transmission out of the CK35 mobile teleport, while a dream team of Paul Blomstrom, Mike Lemieux, and Tracy Michaels pulled together a multi-camera production for Telemundo’s coverage of the Red Carpet out of our K34 production/uplink truck.
The action continues in Las Vegas, where the CK35 mobile teleport remains in action for some boxing. Paul Blomstrom and Joe Cox are getting set up at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, which will host Saturday night’s World Championship Boxing event, featuring a matchup between Rances Barthelemy and Robert Easter, JR in the main event. Strategic Television project manager Victor Verno is on site to ensure clean transmissions for Showtime, while project manager Michael Hollander will monitor the international distribution of the fight, which will include a stop at the PSSI International Teleport for turnaround services.
We’ve got plenty of racing going on this week. Rick Ball’s at the zMax Dragway in Concord, NC for some more NHRA action. Craig Henry was on hand earlier in the week to help Rick get our C12 truck set up. This is a unique show for us in that we are providing data and transmission services via fiber only, utilizing one of our Media Links shelves that we have installed in a few key trucks across the country. This equipment enables us to be a mobile POP anywhere where AT&T Global Video Services has a presence. The C12’s antenna is all set to transmit at a moment’s notice as an emergency backup, but we are just as capable and confident engineering AT&T’s fiber network for these big time drag racing events.
More racing – and more AT&T services – out of our C27 mobile teleport at Talladega Super Speedway. Kyle Meyer and Ben Bradshaw are there providing expansive data and transmission network services for our friends at NASCAR all week long, with the PSSI International Teleport as the hub between the track and NASCAR headquarters in Charlotte. Several days of racing action will culminate on Sunday with the Geico 500, live on Fox and around the world. Then it’s on to Dover for next weekend’s racing action, which will include a 4K transmission…
And still more racing! Dave Buckman’s at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA for Blancpain GT racing on Sunday. Dave’s truck will stay in southern Virginia for next week’s NASCAR event just up the road at South Boston Speedway.
Plenty of golf keeping us busy, too! After working with Rick at the track, Craig Henry headed down toward Hilton Head, SC to begin setting up for the PGA Professional Championship at the Belfair Golf Club. Not a bad place to be!
Another pretty nice place is the Sea Island Resort Golf Club in beautiful St. Simon’s Island, GA. Here Gary O’Donovan will have our newly upgraded NT29 truck set up for the SEC Men’s Golf Championship, live on Sunday afternoon.
We have two trucks in the great state of Missouri. Dave Brin’s at Top of the Rock in Ridgedale for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament through Sunday. John May’s not too far away provide remote transmission services from Ozarks National in Hollister, MO.
Right here in LA we have the Hugel JTBC LA Open, live from the Wilshire Country Club. John Jennings has been at the golf course all week providing rock solid transmissions for our partners at Golf Channel. The weather looks great for the final rounds over the weekend.
The weather’s also pretty nice in Sunrise, Florida, where we have a strong team for another UFC Fight Night. It’ll be Jacare versus Hermansson on the main event Saturday night, but we have a lot going on before that, including an exciting weigh-in and all the undercards airing on ESPN+. Rick Varney, Chris Golden, and Jim Flowers are in the C31 and NT33 trucks providing multiple pathways for domestic and international distribution. Strategic Television project manager Garrett Hunt is there with the engineers to ensure all signals are delivered as designed. Here again the PSSI International Teleport is an essential link in the worldwide transmission chain.
Another big fight at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA, a venue we know very well. This time it’s Larry Sheets at the helm of the C15, as he will be providing DAZN with a couple of their origination paths for the Friday night matchup between TJ Doheny and Danny Roman.
We are getting into playoff season for NCAA lacrosse, and our schedules are picking up some of the biggest matches in the Patriot League. This Friday Dave Mitchell’s in Lewisburg, PA, where Bucknell hosts Colgate live on CBS Sports Network.
Meanwhile, Dennis Smith is at Cy Donnelly Field in Long Island, NY for ESPN’s broadcast of the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase. This is three days’ worth of the best and brightest lacrosse players in the country.
We’ve also got some college baseball. Steve Toth is at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, NC for ESPN’s broadcast of Bethune-Cookman’s visit to North Carolina A&T.
And why not a little rugby? It’s playoff time for NCAA rugby, and Chris Hovden is at St Mary’s Stadium in Moraga, CA for Saturday’s semifinal matchup against the Cal Bears.
Chris will stay up in Northern California to be one of seven – yes, seven – remote trucks for this year’s American Spring Live, an enormous, ambitious, multi-day, multi-location live broadcast on PBS, Facebook, and BBC that will take an in-depth look at various natural phenomena in different ecosystems across the country. Chris and Oscar Zapata will be at Point Reyes Park on the lookout for bobcats. Chris and Oscar will be providing video transmission as well as data and comms over satellite, which is essential for this location and the others, which have minimal cell coverage.
Dave Mitchell will be working with black bears at Savage River State Park in Maryland. Brian Blomstrom and John May will be watching migrating birds at Mad Island Marsh in Texas. David Meyer and Ron Ford will be in San Antonio, broadcasting from a bat cave! Steve Toth and Blake Blomstrom are off the Virginia coast to look at shore birds. Mike Howley and Mati Kerpen are in rural Maine to spend some quality time with spring lambs. Kevin Spangler and Chris Golden are in Gainesville, FL enjoying some moths and insects. Mark Huss is the man at the receive end in Los Angeles, ingesting, decoding, and distributing all the images coming from our trucks around the country.
As if that weren’t enough, we are providing a multi-camera production and multiplexed transmission with two trucks and three engineers from a mountaintop in Sequoia National Forest in California. Here EIC John Bright will be joined by Wes Hill and Steve Chaisson – who expertly drove our trucks up a narrow mountain road – for about a week’s worth of testing and live shows.
John’s not only handling the mountaintop production, he is also the co-architect of the entire transmission and data scheme to bring all of the remote live events into a central hub in LA for final assembly and broadcast. John and senior engineer Tracy Michaels have spent a couple of months preparing equipment lists and developing transmission parameters for this multi-day event. Meanwhile, project manager Garrett Hunt and VP of Special Projects, Jason Land, have been working with the PSSI International Teleport and our friends at Eutelsat to orchestrate multiple test and show feeds. Our logistics and shipping teams have been assembling extensive gear packages and arranging the travel for all of our remote engineers. All of this hard teamwork will cohere in a thrilling three days of live nature television. Only PSSI Global Services – the World’s Transmission Experts – could pull off an event of this complexity and magnitude, utilizing all the tools and experience at our disposal, from traditional satellite transport, to IP and bonded cellular transmissions, event management and coordination, teleport services, and so much more. Tune in next week to see the fruits of our labor!