Super Bowl Taps PWS for Frequency Coordination
February 14, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS: Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a
Masque Sound Company, managed
RF interference issues and related equipment handling during Super Bowl XLVI
at Lucas Oil Stadium, which took place in Indianapolis, Feb. 5.
Faced with the clutter of several hundred frequencies in
use at the showdown between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, the
PWS team employed an arsenal of state-of-the-art gear to make sure the National
Anthem, “America the Beautiful,” and half-time extravaganza featuring Madonna
all went off without a hitch.
Audiotek subcontracted PWS for the game for the 14th consecutive
year. PWS began their work four months prior to the big game, selecting frequencies
and submitting them for approval to the Game Day Coordinators (GDC). Tasked
with managing frequency coordination, microphones and IEMs for the
entertainment segments, Eskew and his team created a flexible frequency plan that
would be able to cover the tunable range of the diverse systems, as each
performer has preferences and endorsement deals that dictate which make and
model wireless systems will be used.“The artist and industry relations folks like Nick Wood at Shure and Tim
Moore at Sennheiser bent over backwards to support their artists and
equipment,” says Eskew.
more, serving as the overall point of contact for frequency management for ATK,
the PWS team worked directly with the GDC’s throughout the event. “The Super Bowl is a much more
compressed and busy event. Working closely, in this case, on an 8x12
platform on the side of the field, we managed 110 frequencies.Next to us were coach intercoms, the NBC stage, NFL Films,
NFL Network, Westwood One Radio and many other users,” says Eskew.
Shure supplied PWS with its new Axient Wireless Management
Network. In addition, UHF-Rs and PSM-1000 series IEMs and 2000 and 3000 series
gear from Sennheiser were provided by ATK Audiotek. PWS also premiered its
Domed Helical Antenna on the field for the first time since its launch in late