January 19th, 2017
As I arrived at the Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Arizona, I was full of excitement because I knew that today would be an eventful day with Crew West. MLB baseball player Tim Raines was being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, so our job today was to shoot a live interview of Tim Raines for the MLB Network. I had the opportunity to understand the full particulars of this process from experienced professionals; Andy Patterson (camera), Doug Podkowsky (audio) and Mike Tomas (satellite truck). Over the course of my journalism career thus far, I’ve witnessed numerous interviews occur on camera. However, I’ve never seen what it takes to make a satellite live shot happen. The team today had an incredible work ethic to create an admirable setting with prime lighting. The camera was positioned accordingly to get the shot that was needed. As the time for the live interview got closer, we did our audio and lip-sync checks on the producer line (PL) and the IFB (interruptible foldback) line to ensure that our audio and video signals would run smoothly. Once all the checks were completed we waited for our guest to arrive. Before we knew it, Tim Raines walked in with his agent and family members. I put on my headset to listen to the producer line, and I watched the process of a live interview happen while I was “behind the scenes.” This was an experience that I will never forget.
-written by ASU intern Delaney Wood
May 3rd, 2016
Crew West teamed up with CBS and Turner Sports in Houston, Texas to broadcast the 2016 Final Four. Jim Farrell provided live shots of the teams entering and exiting the arena as well as locker room shots with The University of North Carolina. After one of the most dramatic finishes in Final Four history, Farrell and audio tech Doug Podkowsky got an exclusive one-on-one postgame interview with UNC coach Roy Williams. Although disappointed in the outcome of the game, Coach Williams was gracious in congratulating champion Villanova and also recognized the place in history this championship game will take.
In addition to working at the Final Four for 18 consecutive years and counting, Crew West will be a major player in covering the 2017 Final Four which makes its way to the Valley of the Sun, as the games will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
April 29th, 2016
Heading into the 2016 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps unveiled his new brand of swimwear that he will be using in Rio. Our crew checked in with MP Brand International at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Myself, along with Doug Podkowsky, Andy Patterson and Stefan Liwocha, the producer, were there covering the event for ZDF German television. After getting our credentials, we headed to the Mona Plummer Aquatic center to film Michael Phelps’ morning workout. When we arrived the swimmers were warming up in the pool and we set up to get the best footage of Phelps training. Watching him swim was an experience I will never forget. Upon completion of practice we went back to the stadium and set up for the MP Brand press conference. Phelps presented his Olympic race look and launched his MP brand race day kit which includes a racing suit for both men and women, goggles and swim cap. After debuting his new race look we set up for our one-on-one interview ensuring the framing, lighting and sound were on point. Liwocha conducted a 10-minute interview and asked Phelps questions regarding his Olympic comeback, preparation and personal life. Michael Phelps was personable, open and a joy to be with.
-written by ASU intern Danielle Lincecum