Catholic broadcast network relies on Lectrosonics

As the largest religious media network in the world, EWTN Global Catholic Network transmits to more than 146 million homes in 140 countries and territories across more than 5200 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low-power TV, IPTV platforms and to individual satellite users. Throughout the years, network broadcast operations have come to depend on Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems.

“We’ve been Lectrosonics users for quite some time,” says Kris Kirchler, senior audio engineer for EWTN. “We use five sets of Lectrosonics’ older 195 series wireless systems, and we also have two of the 200 series wireless systems for use in our studio. This gear may be a bit dated compared to the latest wireless equipment, but it sounds great and it’s been absolutely bullet proof.”

EWTN’s production schedule encompasses a wide range of programming. The network has a close affiliation with Shrine of The Most Blessed Sacrament in nearby Hanceville, AL, for whom they routinely broadcast a variety of events. Similarly, the network broadcasts a live English-language show five nights a week, Spanish-language productions twice weekly and a daily mass from EWTN’s studios.

Kirchler reports that EWTN recently purchased a new Lectrosonics Venue modular receiver system with the UM400a Digital Hybrid Wireless UHF belt-pack transmitters. With its new Venue and UM400a wireless equipment, EWTN extends the usefulness of its earlier investments, because the new systems provide a compatibility mode for earlier equipment such as the 195 and 200 Series products, providing even greater return on investment.

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