For Game Two of the 2007 World Series at Boston’s Fenway Park, lifelong Red Sox fan James Taylor (pictured) sang the national anthem, while Boyz II Men performed their rendition of “God Bless America.” Boston Light & Sound (BL&S) provided sound reinforcement for both appearances with Shure UHF wireless systems.
Chosen to completely overhaul the venerable park’s audio earlier in this decade using a design penned by Dallas-based WJHW, BL&S brought a portable wireless system for on-field entertainment and more.
p>”For Game One we had the Boston Symphony Orchestra out in the middle of center field,” says BL&S audio manager Zeke Zola. “We miked them with omni lavs mounted with little adapters on mic stands using four Shure UHF wireless systems. Shure UHF handheld units from our regular Fenway inventory saw duty for James Taylor and Boyz II Men.”
Led by head engineer Mark Rowinski, the BL&S crew staged the audio portions of the James Taylor/Boyz II Men performances in Game Two.
“The range of our Shure wireless systems has always been great,” Zola adds. “When we first installed the system, we turned on the handheld transmitters out in the bleachers 500 feet away from the receivers, and maintained full-range metering back in the control room the whole time. That sort of thing gives you a sense of reliability, which is important in a place like this where there are no second chances or time for excuses.”