It’s been another busy work week here at PSSI Global Services with a wide variety of transmission and event management services.
Let’s start at the beautiful Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, CA, where David Meyer and Mark Huss used a satellite truck for everything but satellite transmission. Mark and David managed multiple inbound and outbound feeds via IP and bonded cellular transport for an annual meeting for Thomson Reuters. Inside the truck, Mark switched simultaneous interviews from the UK, Dubai, Shanghai, and beyond while David ensured the audience inside the venue could see and hear it all. Kudos to project manager Cheryl Leving for a few weeks of early morning phone calls with her clients in London to get everything all set up for this big event.
The Tour of California passed pretty close by Mark and David as the cyclists raced down the Pacific Coast Highway on stages 4 and 5 of the 2019 Amgen Tour of California. Our intrepid Tour crew – Tech Manager Tracy Michaels, Project Manager Eric Hall, Engineers John Bright, Wes Hill, and Mike Sheehan, and driver Devon Porter – has been putting in a lot of hours to pull off what has been a flawless series of shows so far. Every day is a new TV compound, each of which Tracy has designed carefully in advance to ensure that all of the production, transmission, and RF vehicles are perfectly positioned to maximize signal flow efficiency for all of the inbound camera feeds off the motorcycles, airplanes, and relay trucks. Special thanks to John Jennings who hustled a truck up to Morro Bay early Wednesday morning to provide a satellite relay where the RF crew could not get a signal. Chris Hovden is on relay duty this weekend as the cyclists climb Mt. Baldy on Friday and then finish into Pasadena on Saturday (which will air on NBC). We have also been providing phones and internet via satellite each day, essentially taking some of high-speed bandwidth from the PSSI International Teleport and delivering it via satellite to each remote compound with a 2-way satellite connection on Eutelsat 113 WA. PIT is the newest addition to the ATOC crew, which seems to grow every year. Great job, everyone!
PIT was also a critical link in the chain for WWE’s broadcasts from England earlier this week. Zane Michaels and Logan Schinto spent Monday and Tuesday (and a few days on either side) at the O2 Arena in London for RAW and Smackdown shows that worked their way across the Atlantic and around the world. Logan got back home to LA on Wednesday only turn right back around at LAX to get to Hartford, CT, where he’ll meet Nick Ray at the XL Center for this weekend’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view. The WWE train keeps on rolling!
Dennis Smith and the Columbia truck will be at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday for an all-fiber transmission of Showtime boxing, when Deontay Wilder takes on Dominic Breazeale for the WBC Heavyweight Title. Project manager Victor Verno will be there to ensure that Showtime’s feed is flawless, while Michael Hollander manages the international distribution of the big fight.
More fighting in the Northeast. The CK25 mobile teleport is at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY for UFC Fight Night 152. Jim Flowers and Steve Hagerty will handle multiple C-band and Ku-band pathways while senior project manager Keith Valeri makes sure domestic and international MMA fans get all the action. Rafael dos Anjos battles Kevin Lee in the main event after a great group of undercards including Ian Heinisch taking on Antionio Carlos Junior, Felicia Spencer versus Megan Anderson, Vicente Luque and Derrick Krantz going head to head, and Nik Lentz facing Charles Oliveira. It’s great, as always, to be working alongside our friends at Concom to bring this UFC action to ESPN+ and broadcasters worldwide.
Larry Sheets had a busy week this week. He kicked things off at CBS Studios in Studio City, CA with the Survivor Edge of Extinction Finale. Chris Underwood won in a controversial decision, making him the first contestant ever to be voted off and win the title of Sole Survivor. As soon as the show wrapped, Larry swapped his C-band truck for the NT25 and hustled out to Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA for Golden Boy Boxing on Thursday night. Romero Duno defeated Juan Antonio Rodriguez via technical decision, and Larry delivered separate domestic and international feeds to boxing fans worldwide.
Blake Blomstrom and Chris Golden are still going strong at Bethpage Black for continuing coverage of the PGA Championship on Golf Channel. Brooks Koepka is atop the leaderboard as of this writing, but anything could happen during the final rounds this weekend.
Kevin Spangler is making his way to Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, AR this week for the Women’s NCAA Golf Championship, a 72-hole stroke team competition that concludes with the top 8 teams in match play playoffs. Kevin will have a few down days before the Men’s tournament kicks off at the same course.
We have another two week home stand on our schedule: the C27 mobile teleport is all set up for a couple weeks of NASCAR action at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ben Bradshaw and Craig Henry are providing extensive fiber and satellite transmission services for the Monster Energy All-Star races this weekend.
How about a little softball? Steve Chaisson’s at the Husky Softball Stadium in Seattle, WA this weekend for the Seattle Regional NCAA Softball Tournament. Steve is providing an 8-channel “at-home” transmission for our friends at ESPN, who will produce the final show for broadcast at their headquarters in Connecticut.
Here in LA, Dale Fountain and Kyle Meyer were in town to make some upgrades on our production uplink bus in advance of a show-and-tell for some customers who might be interested in this unique transmission vehicle for the 2020 elections. She’s all shined up and ready for action! Speaking of the elections, the PSSI News Group team is already getting into the swing of things. Scott Garber’s heading to PA to cover a Trump event, while Steve Mills is heading to Iowa next week for more of CNN’s political coverage.
Some good news for our PSSI News Group drivers in NYC: new digs! Connie Yen and Ryan Fisk are enjoying the view at CNN’s new bureau headquarters at Hudson Yards. PSSI Global Services CEO, Rob Lamb, visited our NYC team recently and helped unpack a box or two.
Last, but not least, Mike Lemieux continues with his assignment in La Paz, Mexico. Mike is transmitting hours of footage from Fox’s reality show, Paradise Hotel, back to LA for editing prior to broadcast. Other than running out of ice and sunscreen, Mike has been rolling with the punches on this month-long gig in paradise.
That’s it for this weekend, but we start off strong next week with three more golf tournaments, some corporate events, and Jimmy Kimmel’s live classic sitcom special on ABC!