What a year it has been for PSSI Global Services! 2018 was a banner year in countless ways, and we are grateful to our customers and partners for providing so many opportunities to prove our mettle and reach new heights in broadcast transmission technologies. Please read our final newsletter of the year for a look at a few of these achievements; in the meantime, we have work to do as we ring in the new year!
We are in the heart of college football’s bowl season, and we are mighty busy working alongside ESPN, CBS, and Fox to bring these exciting games to football fans around the country.
Steve Chaisson was at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ on the day after Christmas for the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl. The California Golden Bears lost to the TCU Horned Frogs in a game filled with interceptions and struggling offenses. Steve provided a 10-channel multiplexed transmission via fiber for our friends at ESPN.
John May and Mike Howley have been battling some nasty weather in Texas as they continue their extensive setup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for Saturday’s broadcast of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Clemson Tigers in what is sure to be an exciting game. Director of Broadcast Sports Rick Ball was in town to help the guys set up two separate at-home transmissions for ESPN. Mr. Howley is at the helm of one of our fiber encoding kits, and he will multiplex 14 video channels for the fiber transmission. John May’s in CK48 to transmit 10 channels via satellite back to ESPN headquarters in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Ron Ford is nearby in K26 providing wall-to-wall coverage of the many Cotton Bowl press conferences and interviews for our friends at Hammond Communications. What an event!
Another big game on Saturday will be going down in Miami, FL. Justin Roszak and Chris Golden have been in South Florida since the day after Christmas getting set up and transmitting all the ancillary action preceding the Capital One Orange Bowl on Saturday. Justin’s in C31 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, and Rick Ball’s right there with him as we will again be providing at-home transmissions via fiber and satellite for ESPN. All eyes will be on our feeds on Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide hope to beat the Oklahoma Sooners on their way to another National Championship.
Chris Golden’s in the recently-upgraded C21 are spending their week at the beautiful Lummus Park on Miami Beach for all the press conferences as well as College Gameday. Not a bad place to be!
Continuing with the Big 6, out here in Southern California our team is getting ready for the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Wes Hill and Todd Harvey will be setting up in C15 this weekend for still more at-home transmissions via fiber and satellite for our friends at ESPN.
The morning before the game, Larry Sheets will be at KTLA Studios in Hollywood providing extensive backup transmission services for the 2019 Rose Parade in beautiful Pasadena. We handle the transmissions for both the parade and the game every year, and we are proud to be a part of such a storied tradition.
More big bowl games in California this weekend:
Chris Hovden and the Atlas truck will be at SDCCU Stadium (aka Qualcomm Stadium) in San Diego, CA on Monday for the 2018 Holiday Bowl, where the Northwestern Wildcats will take on the Utah Utes.
Up the coast, Dave Brin and the C47 will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA for Monday’s Red Box Bowl, which features a matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and the Oregon Ducks. Both of these games will air on the Fox networks.
We will also be back at Sun Bowl Stadium, as we are every year, for the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl. Mike Sheehan is making his way to El Paso, TX, where Stanford will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on New Year’s Eve afternoon.
Engineer of the quarter Nick Ray’s also getting into the bowl game mix, as he will be our man in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Nick will be doing another at-home transmission via satellite for ESPN’s production of the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Before Nick gets to the Big Easy, he will have spent nights in Detroit and then Pittsburgh as he handles transmissions for a rare Friday night edition of WWE RAW at the Little Caesars Arena and then a Saturday night Smackdown at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Big thanks to driver Joe Kelderhouse for getting the newly-improved CK30 mobile teleport from LA to Detroit over the holiday, and thanks to Nick for making quite the road trip to ring in 2019!
We have a few exciting college basketball games (and a hockey game) to carry us into the new year.
Dave Mitchell and his new truck, the Wolfcoach, will be at West Virginia University Coliseum in Morgantown, WV on Sunday when the Lehigh Mountain Hawks take on the WVU Mountaineers.
Craig Henry and the CK25 truck will be at the Xfinity Center in College Park, MD on Saturday when the Radford Highlanders takes on the Maryland Terrapins. Craig’s providing an at-home transmission for ESPN out of the 25’s C-band antenna, with the Ku-band antenna as a nice emergency backup.
John Bright and the newly-improved NT26 will be back at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY on Saturday when the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Rick Kolinek and the K22 will be at the GMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL on Friday for American Hockey League (AHL) action when the Chicago Wolves take on the Rockford Icehogs.
We got word on Christmas Eve that all of our plans for UFC 232 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas would have to be upended as the enormous pay-per-view had to be moved to The Forum in Inglewood, CA on very short notice. Big thanks to our UFC and logistics teams to respond to this challenge efficiently. Joe Cox brought the CK35 mobile teleport over to LA on Thursday, while Jose Sanchez grabbed the C43 and made the run right behind him. Senior engineers Jim Flowers and Tracy Michaels and project manager Keith Valeri adjusted their flights, and our entire team is getting set up at the Forum as we speak. LA-based project manager Garrett Hunt was there for Thursday’s presser alongside Mark Huss and Paul Blomstrom, who provided extensive production and transmission services. Mark and Garrett transition to the big show on Friday and Saturday, and Chris Hovden will be at the helm of the disaster recovery truck on Saturday night. The main event features light heavyweight Jon Jones facing off against Alexander Gustafsson, while Cris Cyborg battles Amanda Nunes in the women’s featherweight class for the co-main event, plus a whole host of exciting undercard matches. Our team will deliver Concom’s extensive production to broadcasters and MMA fans around the world.
It’s going to be a very exciting New Year’s Eve for a few of our guys.
John May and Ron Ford will be at two locations in Dallas for the Lone Star New Year’s Eve Live celebration. John will be at Texas Live! while Ron will be over at Reunion Tower for a huge fireworks show, and each truck will receive the other’s signal for KXAS’s broadcast of all the action.
Mark Huss is back at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA for Univision’s Feliz 2018 broadcast, with live performances from the California Adventure Theme Park.
And Kevin Spangler will be at the center of it all in Times Square, where the big ball will drop at midnight on Fox’s live New Year’s Eve show featuring Steve Harvey.
Happy New Year from PSSI Global Services! We hope all of our friends and families have a safe and happy holiday weekend, and we look forward to continued success in 2019!