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PWS Keeps Latin GRAMMY Awards’ RF A-OK

Professional Wireless Systems provided RF coordination and more than 250 channels of wireless systems for the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards broadcast.

Las Vegas, NV (December 12, 2017)—As it has since 2005, Orlando, Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems recently provided RF coordination and equipment for the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards broadcast on Univision Network. Watched by 8 million people around the world, this year’s event aired from the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In all, PWS provided more than 250 channels of wireless systems, including Shure Digital Axient, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica wireless microphones, as well as 28 channels of Shure PSM-1000 in-ear monitor systems, along with Radio Active Design UV-1G and Reidel Bolero wireless intercoms.

Preparing all that is no simple task. James Stoffo, lead RF coordinator for the show, explained, “We start weeks in advance, planning everything down to the last channel to ensure the show goes off without a hitch.” PWS also provided RF intercom technician Gary Trenda to manage more than 80 users on wireless intercom systems, and technician Jason Lambert to handle system integration between both inside and outside of the venue, while Jordan Smith managed distribution of all the wireless intercom and related equipment throughout the event.

Trenda was responsible for 100 different intercom related systems as he manned eight RAD UV-1G base stations with 50 RAD packs as well as a Riedel Bolero intercom system and a Telex BTR intercom system deployed for an additional 30 users. There were also 16 “listen-only” intercom packs and eight Comtek IFB systems utilized by crew and on-air talent.

The event marked PWS’s first time using with the Riedel Bolero wireless intercom system. The new system operates in the 1.9 GHz band and was utilized by the creative directors and floor managers working in the green rooms and productions spaces. Wireless signal distribution was handled by PWS DB Series multi-couplers, GX Series combiners and RAD TX series combiners. PWS helical and domed helical, and the VF-1 antennas were also in use.

For the outside pre-show red carpet event, Univision enlisted Frequency Coordination Group headed up by Brooks Schroeder and Chad Meise. Their team deployed Clear Com Delta Eclipse Frame and FreeSpeak II, which was used in 1.9 GHz on the red carpet. It was also utilized in 2.4 GHz for the pre-show stand up position backstage to avoid interference with the main shows Bolero system. Lectrosonics IFB and Shure UHF-R kits in multiple band splits were also used, all supplied by Univision.

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