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Sennheiser Supports NPR's "Toast Of The Nation" Broadcast

Providing extensive support for first live national music broadcast from New Orleans since Katrina (December 22, 2005)

Sennheiser is providing extensive support for the very first live national music broadcast from New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. National Public Radio's 26th annual New Year's Eve "Toast of the Nation" will be broadcast in 5.1 surround sound for the second straight year and will be hosted from the legendary Tipitina's Uptown nightclub in the Crescent City.

Sennheiser and Neumann will ensure a broadcast of the highest possible audio quality with the contribution of a variety of microphones. The list includes Sennheiser SKM5000 handheld transmitters outfitted with Neumann KK104 capsules, wireless SKM935G2 plus wired MD421-II, MKH50, MKH60 shotguns, MKH800s and Evolution series E902, E905, E614 and E935 microphones backed by Sennheiser EM3532 and EM550G2 dual true diversity transmitters. Wireless monitoring systems include six Sennheiser EW300IEMG2 setups, SK500 G2 body-pack transmitters and an AC3000 antenna splitter. Neumann is providing the KU 100 binaural stereo microphone for surround applications plus a number of KM 184, TLM 170, TLM 193s and TLM 127s.

Toast of the Nation, which is being broadcast from outside NPR's Washington, D.C. studios for the first time in its history, is a co-production by NPR and member station WBGO Jazz 88/Newark in association with the Tipitina's Foundation, an organization established to help New Orleans artists recover and preserve the city's cultural traditions. NPR's signature 12-hour coast-to-coast special will feature local New Orleans jazz and blues musicians performing for the first time in their hometown since the hurricane in late August. Hosted by WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton from a specially built 'broadcast village' at Tipitina's, the show will include local musicians The Hot 8 Brass Band and funk band Galactic plus performances from around the country.

The 5.1 broadcast is under the guidance of KUVO's esteemed recording engineer, Mike Pappas. "Having this event broadcast to the entire network in 5.1 from New Orleans in makeshift facilities is a real challenge," noted Pappas. "My crew will be at Tipitina's on the 27th of December setting up the sound system and outfitting the trucks. As we are working in basically uncharted territory, it's comforting to know you can depend upon Sennheiser and Neumann product reliability and performance under extraordinary conditions. All of us involved in the broadcast from Tipitina's feel that bringing this event to New Orleans is a necessary tribute to a city that has endured so much. A special thanks to Sennheiser and Neumann for their support."

Toast of the Nation will present 12 hours of live jazz from around the country in addition to the performances at Tipitina's. This year's broadcast will include highlights from the James Moody 80th Birthday Celebration featuring the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band from Washington, DC; New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler from Boston's Berklee College of Music; The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (a.k.a. BBQ) from Ellington's Jazz Bar & Restaurant in Sanibel Island, Florida; The Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Hilary Kole from New York City's legendary Birdland jazz club; vocalist René Marie from Murry's in Columbia, Missouri; and Pink Martini from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon.

NPR's Toast of the Nation began in 1979 as a showcase for NPR's interconnected satellite system, the first in the nation. WBGO became co-producer in 1984. Toast of the Nation's 2004 edition became the highest-fidelity live radio broadcast in history by transmitting in 5.1 discrete digital surround sound, bringing the home theatre experience to the radio dial for the very first time.

About Sennheiser
Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is the acknowledged world leader in microphone technology, RF-wireless and infrared sound transmission, headphone transducer technology, and most recently, in the development of active noise-cancellation. Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is the U.S. wholly-owned subsidiary, with headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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