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
Our Sprinter KU HD truck has worked for many national/international networks and corporate clients however this was a first for Sat West. A Swedish production company contacted us regarding a prop for their commercial shoot taking place in Tonopah, AZ. Sat West provided our KU HD Sprinter satellite truck for the job. The truck looked good and played it’s part well for the international commercial shoot. The client was impressed when they learned it was a fully functional KU HD satellite truck and not just a prop.
Satellink and Satellink West just wrapped an extensive Spring Training season in Florida and Arizona providing our HD satellite uplink trucks for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. Both Satellink and Satellink West traveled to various team training facilities, with our HD KU band satellite trucks, throughout Florida and Arizona transmitting feeds for live daily news coverage.