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2018: Great Shows and Great Projects
The big show this year was Garth at Notre Dame and yes it was the first concert in the history of Notre Dame. Other shows this year include Demi Lovato in 4K at the Bridgestone Arena and Season 1 of Real Country for USA Network with Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen. Projects included the transmission room for Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas which airs on HBO, more consulting, design and installation for edit storage at Ft. Rucker and then spending 9 weeks testing the Facebook / Menlo Park video systems.
2017: On the road again and the new 4K Steve Jobs Theater
The Trumpet Awards in Atlanta kicked off the new year and then it was six weeks in Seattle testing the new Hi-Def System at the Seahawks Stadium. NAB was next and then a trip to Ft. Rucker, AL followed by two weeks in Detroit testing the new Redwings Arena. From there it was directly to San Jose to test the new Steve Jobs 4K Theater at the new Apple Facility. Home for a month then to Ft Rucker again to install the new ProCyc Green Screen System.
2016: Garth in 4K and the Presidential Debates
The year began with the Metro Nashville Network upgrades to Hi-Def for both Control Rooms, both council chambers, the Remote Rack, MCR and transmission. The next project was as Technical Consultants for HBO's "Any Given Wednesday" with Bill Simmons to design the workflow. Then to Sacramento for 6 weeks to test the new Sacramento Kings Arena followed by a trip to Ft. Rucker, AL to design, install and test their new network. November was in San Jose to test the new Raycom Remote truck.
2016 was a great year to T.D. and Tech Manage shows starting with the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards in Atlanta followed by SXSW segments in Austin, TX for Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson was next and then CMT Crossroads with Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley. The big event this year was Garth Brooks at Yankee Stadium with 26-4K cameras and 30 channels of 4K recording. Kent was the Advance Tech Manager for the first two Presidential Debates as well as the Vice-Presidential Debate this year as well.
2015: A new 4K truck for MTVN
The big project this year was MTVN's new truck, Atlas, wired for 32-4K cameras and 36 channels of 4K recording with the largest audio console in the remote world. Over 2 years in the making and a cutting edge project from start to finish.
2015 began with the 23rd Annual Trumpet Awards in Atlanta. The 30th Anniversary of the Stellar Awards was in Las Vegas this year at the Orleans Arena and Beyonce guest starred. It was a great show followed by CMA Red Carpet Show for Directv.
2014: HBO's Concert for Valor@National Mall, Colbert & The President
The 29th Annual Stellar Awards moved from the Opry House to the Municipal Auditorium this year and was Live. Then it was back to Atlanta for the 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards. The next several months were spent as the Consultant/Project Manager/Project Engineer for the "Last Week Tonight" show featuring John Oliver on HBO. The Live Premiere episode of "Nashville" on ABC was in September. Most of October was in College Station, TX testing their new HD facilities at the renovated stadium. Three full size control rooms in addition to a smaller one. The year finished out with some great shows. The "Concert for Valor" Live from the National Mall in Washington, DC on Veteran's Day in November. From there we went to Ft. Rucker, AL to install their new HD switcher In December we were back in DC for one of the last episodes of "The Colbert Report" with special guest, President Obama.
2013: Some great Concerts
2013 begins with the 28th Annual Stellar Awards followed by the 21st Annual Trumpet Awards. Then we went to Athens, GA to record Jason Aldean in concert at the University of Georgia. The 4th of July was in Las Vegas to record Garth Brooks for CBS but we went back to Vegas in November to do the show live. Engineering Projects included resolving the IP transmission issues to to get BLAB-TV restored on DirecTV as well as consulting and design for the new edit suite upgrades for MMB at Ft. Rucker, AL
2012: Testing, Testing, Testing and the Presidential Debates
2012 began with the 20th Annual Trumpet Awards from Atlanta followed by the 27th Annual Stellar Awards and then the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies from Cleveland. Then in Chicago for March testing the new Hi-Def facilities for the White Sox followed by April in Los Angeles as Tech Manager for America's Best Dance Crew (ABDC). The summer was spent in Los Angeles testing Time Warner Cable's new Hi-Def facility in El Segundo, CA and then Universal Studios Stage 1 in Burbank. The next job was as Advance Tech Manager for the Presidential Debates with 6 days each in Denver CO, Danville KY, Hemstead NY and Boca Raton FL. The year finished with another Kaleidoscope Show hosted by Scott Hamilton and featuring skaters Kurt Browning, Sasha Cohen, Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie and Evan Lysacek along with musical performances by Jana Kramer, Craig Morgan and Kool and the Gang. Wow! What a great show! That was followed by CMT's Artist of the Year Awards.
2011: Hi-Def for BLAB-TV, MTVN's new Nereus Truck
2011 began with the 26th Annual Stellar Awards followed by the 19th Annual Trumpet Awards from Atlanta. Opry Legends-Gospel Favorites from the Opry House and Studio A was the next show followed by The Dove Awards. After that we went to Evansville Indiana to record Blake Shelton in concert. Engineering Project include BLAB-TV's upgrade to Hi-Def as well as co-designing MTVN/s new Nereus truck.
2010: 25th Anniversary, Brookwood Church & ETSU Hi-Def Upgrades
2010 began with the Blue Collar Comedy team of Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. Next up was the 25th Annual Stellar Awards followed by the Trumpet Awards from Atlanta. Opry Legends-Gospel Favorites from the Opry House and Studio A was the next show followed by The Dove Awards. After that we went to Evansville Indiana to record Blake Shelton in concert. Farm Aid 25 was next in Milwaukee followed by Lisa Lampanelli in Joliet, IL and then Kaleidoscope with Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill. Engineering Projects include Hi-Def upgrades for Brookwood Church in Greenville/Spartanburg and Eastern TN State University (ETSU).
2009: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report Hi-Def Upgrades
2009 was a great year for both shows and projects. Upgrading The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report to Hi-Def was the main project for the year and what a great project it was. Great people and great minds made it one of the best projects ever. Shows include The 24th Annual Stellar Awards from Nashville and then the Trumpet Awards from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. CMT Crossroads with Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson as well as Bryan Adams & Jason Aldean were next followed by Invitation Only shows with Darious Rucker, Reba, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw. Add Gospel Dreams, TBS Just for Laughs, Larry the Cable Guy in Lincoln, NE and in Nashville made for a great summer. The most memorable show of the year was Kaleidoscope: Skating, Song & Survivorship with Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Olivia Newton-John, Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan. Scott Hamilton did 3 back flips and he's 51 years old and it's been 25 years since the '84 World Skating Championships.
2008: Last Play at Shea with Billy Joel, Keith Urban in Atlanta
2008 began with The 23nd Annual Stellar Awards as well as the Trumpet Awards and then into Country's Family Reunion recorded in Hi-Def with so many of the great Opry Stars. What an emotional event;literally not a dry eye in the house during some of the stories. Two of our consulting and design projects this year will be the Hi-Def upgrades for the studios where "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show" are produced. These projects started in March. Upcoming shows include Keith Urban in Hi-Def from Atlanta and the Disney Channel Games in Hi-Def from Orlando. Nashville Star is renewed for season 6 and will be on NBC this year in Hi-Def starting in June. Billy Joel was at Shea Stadium in Hi-Def during July, Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Special in Nashville, then .38 Special and Trace Adkins were featured on CMT's Crossroads. Next was Frosted Pink with a Twist in San Diego for ABC followed by CMT Giants with Alan Jackson at the Ryman. December included NESN Comedy All Stars #2 from the Wilbur Theater in Boston.
2007: Testing, Testing, 1-2-3
2007 started with The 22nd Annual Stellar Awards featuring Patti Labelle, Kirk Franklin and Tye Tribett. "Nashville Star" was live on Thursday nights on USA Network during January and February with Angela Hacker winning. Upgrades continue with the BET Truck and it will used for BET's Rip the Runway and Spring Bling shows in March. April was spent in Los Angeles testing new control rooms for E! Entertainment. We taped the Gaithers in Louisville and Brad Paisley in St. Louis in HD during May and then spent 5 weeks in Chicago testing the new WYCC HD facility. After a week home, it was off to San Jose for 5 weeks to test the new NCP-X HD truck. Upon returning to Nashville, we taped an episode of CMT's Crossroads with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Trisha Yearwood in HD and it was an amazing evening. The next week was in Indianapolis for the NFL Kickoff event which was also in HD. We taped Trace Adkins for GAC in the Mill at Lebanon in early October and then went to Atlanta for the Hip Hop Awards Red Carpet Event. Next up was Garth in Kansas City live to 300 theaters and as well as a GAC special event. Then on to Las Vegas the next day for Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation for TBS. The Gaithers Bluegrass & Country Homecoming was taped in Hi-Def just after Thanksgiving.
2006: Another record setting year for both engineering and production
The first project of 2006 was at Boulevard Body Works to evaluate the BET Remote Truck for renovation and then back to Nashville for The Stellar Awards in Hi-Def using MTV's new truck Pegasus. Then it was off to Athens, Georgia for Music Road followed by another episode shot in Nashville. Then it was season 4 of Nashville Star with the final four being Nicole Jamrose, Matt Mason, Casey Rivers and Chris Young and of course John Bohlinger with the Nashville Star Band. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies were in New York and inductees included Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Next up was Blue Collar Comedy #3 in Washington, DC and then Rascal Flatts in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The next show was the MTV Movie Awards. Kent also spent eleven weeks in Detroit testing a new Hi-Def facility. In between all of this was the renovation of BET's Remote truck as well as the Hi-Def upgrade to Ft. Rucker's production center. Vince Gill and Alison Krause were the featured artists on CMT Cross Country taped in late September at The Factory. October events included Lindsey Buckingham and Little Big Town for CMT Crossroads and the Gaither's Homecoming. November seemed to be comedy month with tapings of Bill Engvall and Demetri Martin as well as the taping of the Gospel Dream Finals at The Factory.
2005: Garth Brooks in Times Square
2005 started with the design of MTV's new HD truck "Pegasus" and ended with the installation of five new Avid Suites with a Unity Server for the Multi-Media Branch at Ft. Rucker. Shows included the Stellar Awards, Nashville Star with Erica Jo being the big winner, VH-1 Save the Music, MTV Movie Awards, Dave Attell in Las Vegas, Appalachian Spring with the San Francisco Symphony, Music Road, Garth's tribute to Chris Ledoux in Times Square, Southern Sports Awards, CMT's Crossroad's with Lyle Lovett and Bonnie Raitt.
2004: Year of the Rocks: Chris Rock in DC, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
We spent most of 2004 designing the new television systems for Iraq. Kent was the Project Engineer for the News and Entertainment Networks as well as the three Regional and eleven Local stations.
2004 started with VH-1's "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in Hi-Def and then HBO's Chris Rock from Washington, DC. "Nashville Star" was live on Saturday nights on USA Network during March and April. Brad Cotter was the big winner this year.
Next up was "Crossroads" for CMT and then the MTV Movie Awards in early June followed by "Blue Collar Comedy 2" from Denver. Our latest events include Rascal Flatts in Hi-Def from Atlanta, CMT's "Outlaws", Jessica Simpson in Jacksonville and "Vote for Change" on the Sundance Channel. That was followed up by another "Crossroads" featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd and Montgomery Gentry.
2003: Dave Matthews in Central Park & Art Garfunkel at the Bluebird
2003 included Sweet Honey in the Rock in Hi-Def for PBS, Shania for NBC, Emmylou & Dave Matthews for Crossroads on CMT. Before that was Dolly Parton and Melissa Etheridge for CMT. Let's not forget Miranda Lambert on Nashville Star either.
Dave Matthews Band in Central Park with 22 Hi-Def cameras, Al Green at the Ryman, Lynyrd Skynyrd in Hi-Def, A & E' s Live 4th of July, Naomi Judd's infomercial, Kenny Chesney and 60,000 fans at Neyland Stadium with twelve 24-P Hi-Def cameras including a 65' StradaCrane, 2-Jibs and a SteadiCam. Wow!
Have we mentioned "Live from the Bluebird Cafe" for Turner South? We taped Art Garfunkel, Maia Sharp and Buddy Mondlock. It was incredible. Buy the CD and just savor it.