It’s been another whirlwind of a week at PSSI Global Services, leading into a barnburner of a weekend in the heart of college football season.
Let’s kick this roundup off with the SEC on CBS Game of the Week. Rick Ball’s down at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, MS, where the Mississippi State Bulldogs will host the red hot LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
Another one of our weekly traditions is Fox Sports 1’s 4K game of the week. This time around 4K guru Rick Varney finds himself back in Lubbock, TX for more Texas Tech action. Joe Cox is his right hand man in a second C-band truck, as the Iowa State Cyclones are in town for some afternoon football in brilliant UHD.
Fox Sports has another Big 10 game for us under the Friday night lights. Larry Sheets is at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL for the game between Northwestern and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
We are well-represented under the other kind of Friday Night Lights, as well, with three high school football games on the schedule. Dave Mitchell’s in Pittsburgh’s Dormont suburb for the game between the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles and the Aliquippa Quips. Big time rivalry game in Western Pennsylvania.
More high school football on ESPNU. Justin Roszak’s in Jacksonville for the big matchup between Sandalwood High School and Mandarin on Friday night.
And David Meyer’s in Bellevue, WA for more Seattle-area football with our friends at Rush Media. After the game, David will make a run across the border to be in place for some Canadian College Football on Saturday. The Thunderbirds of the University of British Columbia will host Saskatchewan in Vancouver in an evening game.
Back to the States, where we still have a few more games to run through on our schedule. ABC has us working C-band and Ku-band for the big game between the Clemson Tigers and Louisville Cardinals, live from Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville. Blake Blomstrom’s coming off another successful golf tournament, straight into the show, while Mike Howley’s coming up from a live surgery in Atlanta earlier this week. Busy week for both guys!
It’s also a busy week for football in the state of Oklahoma. John Jennings is in Stillwater for Fox’s broadcast of the game between Oklahoma State and the Baylor Bears. John May has the CK48 mobile teleport down in Norman, where the Sooners will host the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon.
Not too far from John and John, Mike Sheehan’s back in Kansas for Fox’s broadcast of the game between the K-State Wildcats and the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday afternoon.
Another weekend, another at-home transmission for our friends at ESPN. Steve Chaisson’s in Pullman, WA for Washington State versus Colorado on Saturday. Steve will take 10 videos from ESPN’s REMI production team for delivery via satellite back to ESPN headquarters in Bristol.
We’ve got a little NFL, too. Ron Ford’s going to be at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX for pre- and post-game live shots for NBC Philly. It’s Eagles versus Cowboys on Sunday, so the whole city of Philadelphia will be eager to hear what the players and coaches have to say before and after that big game!
We’ll finish up the football schedule at Navy Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD. Steve Hagerty’s there for CBS Sports Network’s broadcast of the game between Navy and the University of South Florida. Next week we’ll have Army and Navy home games!
Steve will be making his way to Annapolis from Philadelphia, where Craig Henry has the truck working hard for our friends at ESPN. It’s a Friday night edition of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, live from Temple University’s Liacouras Center. Craig’s cranking out a 4-channel mux, including a 1080p service, for multiple feeds of the fight between Beterbiev versus Gvozdyk (and all the undercards). As with any Top Rank event, we’re also handling the international distribution. Dennis Smith has a Ku-band truck there for that origination feed, and Strategic Television project manager, David Gallardo, is sitting next to Dennis and calling takers around the world to ensure they’re receiving the signal. PSSI International Teleport is handling the turnaround to international licensees, so David’s first call is to the team in PIT’s TOC. Great team effort!
PIT’s plenty busy this weekend, as usual, with other big time Strategic Television events. Senior project manager, Keith Valeri, is managing the UFC on ESPN event live from Boston’s TD Garden on Friday night. Jim Flowers and Mike Lemieux will handle multiple C-band and Ku-band feeds in and out of the CK25 mobile teleport from Concom’s first-class production, while PIT will provide an essential link in the domestic and international distribution chain. Dominick Reyes takes on Chris Weidman in the main event, following a host of terrific undercards. It’s a long day for our team onsite, so driver extraordinaire Marc Sarazin will handle extracting the truck from the venue in the wee hours after strike. Another team effort. Aren’t they all?!
Seems like there’s a lot of fighting on Friday nights lately. WWE SmackDown on Fox is off to a great start, but it’s been a huge transition for the extensive production crews who make the magic happen. Nick Ray and Zane Michaels are adjusting to Friday night fighting themselves, and they’re together at Bankers Life Field House in Indy for this event. Driver Joe Kelderhouse pilots the CK30 mobile teleport to Cleveland for Monday Night RAW with Nick Ray taking the reins for this show.
How about a little ice hockey? Rick Kolinek’s already in the winter groove with our friends at Program Productions. We’ve got another full season of AHL hockey as we follow the Chicago Wolves around the Midwest. This week Rick and the Wolves are in Rockford at the BMO Harris Bank Centre for some Friday night action.
Golf, too! Chris Golden dropped one truck off at New Jersey’s Port Elizabeth for an all expenses paid trip to Bermuda for an upcoming golf tournament. From there he flew down to Richmond for Golf Channel’s broadcast of the Dominion Charity Classic tournament, live from the Country Club of Virginia through Sunday.
It’s not all sports, of course. We’re pleased to be working for our friends at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints on a couple of events in the Northeast. Mati Kerpen’s in Worcester, MA for Sunday’s Northeast Member Devotional, while Dave Buckman’s up at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in Vermont for the Northeast Missionary Meetings on Friday and Saturday. From there Dave heads to Boston Children’s Hospital for some live surgery on Sunday morning. Not the normal weekend of live television, but we’re glad to mix it up!
Back in LA, we’re doing another production of a live concert. It’s the California-based artist, Lauv, live from the Wiltern on Sunday night. Larry Sheets will handle uplink duties, Alex Mestizo is in charge of our B-unit, and Mark Alston’s there to EIC the K34 production/uplink truck. Good stuff!
We’ll finish up with some motorsports, and there’s a lot of it this weekend.
It’s the AMA SuperCross Monster Energy Cup this weekend in Vegas. Brian Blomstrom, fresh off another successful Latin American Music Awards Show in LA, is our man for the job at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday.
Brian’s brother, Paul, will be up the street at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday for GT Racing. It’s a family affair!
Steve Toth’s at the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, GA all weekend for more live drag racing with our friends at Power Automedia. Steve’s sending video back to PSSI International Teleport, where our team there will ingest, transcode, and stream the footage for drag racing fans to watch online.
And we’re coming into the home stretch of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This weekend it’s the Hollywood Casino 400, live from the Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Ben Bradshaw and Jonathan Ayala have been there for the better part of the week, providing the NASCAR team with extensive transmission and data services via satellite and AT&T Global Video Services fiber. Bill Sciolla and the guys at PIT right in the middle of the action, the hub between the track and NASCAR HQ in Charlotte.
And that’s that for the week! Please check out our latest edition of the Transmission Times newsletter for more PSSI Global Services news. Have a great weekend!