WLS-TV produces live HD coverage of Magnificent Mile festival

The station relied on an extensive lineup of HD microwave equipment from Nucomm to capture the 16th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.
Publish date:

ABC 7 Chicago WLS-TV provided live HD nighttime coverage of the 16th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival with a variety of microwave equipment from Nucomm.

WLS-TV wanted to elevate its coverage of the event by transitioning from its traditional analog coverage to HD. WLS-TV set up four remote sites along the procession route, which ran three quarters of a mile between the north end of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

The Nucomm gear used included three portable ChannelMaster TX1 transmitters. Two were based on rooftops, and the third — positioned on a scissor lift platform in the center of Michigan Avenue — was used to send signals back to a central receive site.

Joining the transmitter on the platform were a ChannelMaster RX1 receiver, two Newscaster CR6D receivers and a Newscaster DR diversity receiver. Additionally, a Nucomm Newscaster VT2 transmitter was mounted inside one of the station’s mobile trucks, and a CamPac2 COFDM transmitter was attached alongside a 1936 fire truck, which functioned as a chase vehicle to capture the front of the festival’s signature Walt Disney float.

More than 180,000 households tuned in to watch the 1 million lights illuminate during the festival and its fireworks finale over the Chicago River. WLS-TV’s live broadcast was syndicated throughout the country and televised in 24 separate markets including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. For more information, visit www.nucomm.com.