We are hitting the ground running in 2019, and what better way to kick off our year than with two great golf events in the middle of two different oceans?
Chris Golden has begun a two-week stretch in the Bahamas. He’ll start at The Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis, and Spa Resort in Great Exuma, where the Web.com Tour begins in high style. It’s the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, which carries a prize purse of over $600,000. From there, Chris hops on a puddle jumper to the Abaco Club at Winding Bay for another week of Golf Channel action.
Tracy Michaels and Mike Lemieux are well into their second week in Hawaii providing Golf Channel with extensive transmission services. These senior engineers are spending the week at the Wai’alae Country Club in Honolulu, HI for the Sony Open. This tournament has been held at the Wai’alae Country Club since 1965. While PSSI hasn’t been involved quite as long as that, we are happy to be back yet again for this January tradition. Mike and Tracy both fly back to the mainland next week, and jump right into pay-per-view boxing and a UFC event next weekend.
Now that the college football season is over – and what a run we had – basketball is dominating our schedules.
Pittsburgh-based Dave “Mitch” Mitchell is spending a chilly few days bouncing back and forth between Buffalo and Syracuse for our friends at Raycom and CBS Sports Network. Mitch was at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday when the Clemson Tigers battled the Syracuse Orange and lost 53-61.
Then on Saturday, Mitch heads to Buffalo Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY where the Miami Red Hawks take on the Buffalo Bulls.
Then it’s back to the Carrier Dome when the North Carolina Tar Heels are in town to take on the Lady Orange on Sunday. Stay warm up there, Mitch!
Dennis Smith is heading to the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, WV on Saturday, where the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will take on the Marshall University Thundering Herd. From there he heads back to his home state of Pennsylvania for some Patriot League hoops at Bucknell on Monday.
Mati Kerpen and the new-and-improved NT34 Sprinter will be at Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, NY on Saturday when the DePaul Blue Demons take on the St John’s Red Storm. With the cold weather in NYC, Mati stopped by the truck earlier in the week to make sure she started up. He brought an assistant along, too; she’s got potential!
Benny Griffis and K38 are back in North Carolina, this time at Belk Arena in Davidson on Saturday when the Virginia Commonwealth Rams are in town to take on the Davidson College Wildcats.
Dave Buckman and the Columbia truck will be at Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax, VA on Sunday when the Duquesne Lady Dukes take on the George Mason Patriots in women’s college basketball. Dave will hang tight in Northern Virginia before heading to Richmond on Wednesday for some more college hoops on CBS Sports Network.
Nick Ray and the NT22 were at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT on Thursday when the SMU Mustangs were in town to take a beating from the Huskies.
And why not a little NBA action? Justin Roszak and the C24 were at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL on Thursday when the Boston Celtics battled the Miami Heat. Justin and Abi Falcon then got the truck to Port Everglades on Friday morning for its journey to the Bahamas. Non-stop action!
We had another Big 10 Fox game on Thursday at the State Farm Center in Champaign, IL. There Rick Kolinek and Mike Howley engineered the Frontline truck as the Michigan Wolverines beat the Illini.
Blake Blomstrom’s getting into the hoops mix, as well. He’ll have the CK25 mobile teleport at Xfinity Center in College Park, MD on Friday when the Indiana Hoosiers battle the Maryland Terrapins on Fox.
As usual, we’ve got plenty of fighting to keep us busy.
John May’s at the StageWorks of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA on Friday for ShoBox Championship Boxing. Devin Haney of Las Vegas will battle South African fighter Xolisani Ndongeni for the USBA Welterweight title in what will be the largest boxing event ever showcased in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. It’s great to be working with the Showtime boxing team, and we’re all looking forward to the big pay-per-view in Vegas next weekend!
We are also excited to be working with Fox Sports on their Premier Boxing Champions series. John Jennings and the C43 will be at Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles when Super Middleweight World Champion Jose Uzcategui faces undefeated challenger Caleb Plant for the IBF 168-pound title. Also on the fight card, undefeated Brandon Figueroa battles once-beaten Moises Flores, while rising star middleweight Joe Spencer returns to the ring to face Brandon Harder. John’s providing our friends at Fox with a multiplexed transmission, which will include an international feed. Project manager Michael Hollander will manage the fight’s distribution to boxing fans around the world.
The WWE train keeps on rolling. Zane Michaels and the CK30 mobile teleport were at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL on Monday for WWE Raw. The show opened with Hulk Hogan and John Cena paying tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund, who passed away recently at the age of 76. While it was in town, the CK30 got some TLC from our team at Satcom Scientific in Orlando, just one of many projects keeping our fabricators and engineers in Central Florida plenty busy. From Florida, driver Joe Kelderhouse moves the CK30 to Memphis and points west as the year-round WWE tour continues.
We’re excited to be a part of the 2019 North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center in Detroit, MI, where every major manufacturer will be displaying all the new styles and upgrades for 2020. Steve Hagerty’s there to provide transmission services for a live stream of the event to car fans around the world.
And back here in LA, we have an Awards show just about every weekend until the Oscars at the end of February. This weekend Larry Sheets and Chris Hovden will be in the CK35 mobile teleport for Sunday’s 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Sunday night. Hosted by Taye Diggs, the show will honor all the finest achievements in film and television in 2018.
Tune in next week for some more exciting live television events, including UFC in Brooklyn, MLS Media Days in Manhattan Beach, a Showtime boxing pay-per-view in Vegas, and basketball – lots and lots of basketball!