Inside WestwoodOne at the Super Bowl

 Yamaha 02R96v2 WestwoodOne Super Bowl XLVIII
The Yamaha 02R96v2 that ran the WestwoodOne show at Super Bowl XLVIII
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While diehard radio road warriors might not be surprised, most anyone else probably would be surprised to see how compact the WestwoodOne radio operation at the Super Bowl XLVIII was. WestwoodOne provided the radio coverage of the game.

Despite handling play-by-play and color commentary along with several sideline reporters, the crew sending out the signal picked up by hundreds of stations and satellite uplinks for international distribution was essentially shoehorned into a single suite. The console running the show was a Yamaha 02R96v2.

The main honchos herding the audio cattle were: Raul Velez, system architect; Al Rosenberg, audio mixer; Bob White, RF coordinator, logistics; and Dave Sniff, field and external location coordinator. However, they were not alone.

Raul Velez explains, “The show takes months of planning and the crew begins to arrive the Sunday prior to the game.”

Once up and going, he says, “The show is mixed on a Yamaha 02R96v2 console handling the 24 on-air inputs.” Feeding the Yamaha are Sennheiser HMD-25 headsets from booth announcers — routed through Studio Technologies Announcer Stations.

WestwoodOne Super Bowl XLVIII audio suite
Looking forward at WestwoodOne’s Super Bowl audio suite. The Yamaha board is center forward. The board operator is barely visible in the white shirt.
WestwoodOne Super Bowl XLVIII audio suite
Reverse angle, looking to the rear to see more people in the suite.



Outside of the booth eight wireless microphones and five wireless IFB channels utilize Lectrosonics hardware. 

Overall system communications IFB and intercom duties were handled by a 24-port RTS Cronus digital matrix. Off-air source monitoring and recording was done with Aviom hardware interfaced directly from the Yamaha console.

WestwoodOne Super Bowl XLVIII audio suite
“The Booth.” This is forward of and below the board and down a small staircase. Hey, is that Boomer?
WestwoodOne Super Bowl XLVIII audio suite Yamaha 02R96v2 Lectrosonics
The Audio Board. The wireless receiving gear is to the left. “The Booth” is actually below.

Once everything was mixed together, Velez says, “Primary and backup Telos Zephyr xStream ISDN codecs handled the game broadcast.  There was a backup Comrex Matrix POTS codec and Comrex Access IP codec also online as hot backups. A ‘Net Return’ feed from the N.Y. studio was backhauled and fed to the stadium as well as the personal radio receivers from ‘Live Sports Radio’ that WestwoodOne provided to all fans.”

 WestwoodOne Super Bowl XLVIII audio suite Telos Comrex codecs
The Telos and Comrex Codecs and Other Assorted Gear
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 WestwoodOne Super Bowl XLVIII audio suite Lectrosonics wireless microphones
Lectrosonics Wireless Modules
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