Recent Posts by Dan Daley, Audio Editor

Officials’ Whistles Go Digital

The connection between sports officials and the timing systems necessary to games’ outcomes has been getting more technical. For the past two decades, the NBA and the leading collegiate basketball leagues have been deploying a Precision Time Systems system that uses the sound of the referee’s whistle to activate the stop-clock function on game-time clocks. […]  More

Salsa Sound Sees Virtual Crowds as the Right Sounds at the Right Time

Despite concerns about “inauthentic” sounds of games and matches by A1s and others on the technical side of sports broadcasting, it appears that “faux” crowd sound is becoming part of the sports-broadcast experience as various leagues and teams come out of pandemic-induced hibernation. European soccer leagues, such as the Bundesliga and the English Premier League […]  More

Social-Distance–Alert Devices Help Keep Broadcast Environments Safe

Social distancing is necessary for keeping the COVID-19 at bay. However, it’s not easy to achieve when broadcast professionals have to work together, sometimes in closer quarters than might be prudent. That distancing need, though, is sparking its own category of technology products. Social Distancer Technologies, a joint venture of Canadian technology companies Promark Electronics […]  More

Tech Focus: Production Music, Part 1 — How the Pandemic Has Changed the Choices for Sports

Production music — the vast well of styles, sounds, genres, and emotions that underscores televised sports — has been both a hotbed of legal turbulence (assertions of copyright infringements and DCMA take-downs abound over licensing issues) and a generically predictable process in which NBA shows reflexively get bassy hip-hop and baseball gets crunchy rock guitars. […]  More

Fox Sports’ NASCAR Coverage Has That Familiar Roar

NASCAR is one of the first major sports to resurface after the COVID-19 pandemic locked down virtually all sports events globally in March. The races are on again, often with as many as three races in a week to make up for lost time. Although the world has changed, much about the races’ sound remains […]  More

Pro Wireless Users Look Askance at Proposed White-Space Rules

If the last two rounds of spectrum reallocation were the world wars of the RF landscape, the aftermath has been a series of localized skirmishes that illustrate the ongoing conflict between spectrum’s longtime professional-broadcast users and the tech giants that are furiously gobbling it up for consumer applications. Most recently, the FCC has proposed updates […]  More

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