CRAS Students Get Live Training During NASCAR Event

Three teams of students got hands on experience during Fox Sports broadcast

AVONDALE, ARIZ.—NASCAR races are fast, but it wasn’t just the speed of the race cars that a group of students from the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences got to experience recently. During the three-day Good Sam 500 event at Phoenix International Raceway from March 11-13, CRAS student had the opportunity for hands-on experience of mixing live audio and video feeds from Fox Sports in the school’s 42-foot remote-production mobile broadcast trailer.

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The students were divided into three teams of 10-12. They received behind-the-scenes audio discussions and directions between directors, broadcast crews, producers, engineers and videographers, according to Kirt Hamm, a CRAS administrator. The student then followed directions to practice audio mixing during the live broadcast.

CRAS is an 11-month program designed to teach broadcast audio, live sound, film and TV audio, music, and video game audio. The program has campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz.