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Wireless First Taps Sennheiser Wireless Microphones

RF specialists mic Las Vegas specials. (May 26, 2004)

"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," according to Sin City's tourist board, but for Kevin Sanford the slogan has a new twist. Sanford, whose Wireless First company is one of the country's top RF specialists, is in such demand for his expertise that he found himself on an extended stay in Vegas during May.

First, there was "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," which this year took a week-long break from the NBC Burbank Studios and relocated to Le Theatre des Arts at Paris Las Vegas. Sanford and Wireless First provided all of the RF microphone and intercom systems for the late-night talk show, which was visiting Las Vegas for the first time in seven years.

Sanford reports that he used 16 channels of Sennheiser wireless microphones for the host and his all-star lineup. "I was using SK 5012 bodypack transmitters for Jay and the guests," says Sanford. "We used MKE 2 Gold lavalier mics with the 5012s, plus some SK 50s."

John Melendez, formerly known as Stuttering John, a Howard Stern Show regular, is now a Leno sidekick, and typically started each show in the audience. To cope with the distances involved, says Sanford, "I took my standard setup, with an SAS that runs four different frequency ranges, and a couple of helical antennas way up on top of the set, so that I could pretty much cover anywhere in the room."

The Sennheiser Antenna System, together with the helical systems, developed and produced by James Stoffo of Professional Wireless Systems in Florida, ensured trouble free reception, notes Sanford. The antenna systems were used in conjunction with Wireless First's Sennheiser 3032-U dual true diversity receivers.

The Las Vegas theme of "The Tonight Show" extended to the guest list, which included comedian Jerry Seinfeld and singer Celine Dion from across the Strip at Caesars (Paris Las Vegas is a Caesars Entertainment company), local Cirque du Soleil performers, and magician Lance Burton. The three "American Idol" judges, Pamela Anderson, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Clay Aiken, Lenny Kravitz and others rounded out the five-day stint.

Sanford arrived in Las Vegas fresh from Leno's "Friends" finale special, taped live on the sitcom's set in Los Angeles, where Wireless First and David Bellamy's Soundtronics worked together to provide the RF microphone and wireless intercom systems. Having completed the week, Sanford stayed on in Las Vegas to prepare for the arrival of NBC's late-night/early morning talk show, "Last Call with Carson Daly."

Daly's show hit Las Vegas for a three-night spree at the Hard Rock Hotel, featuring guests such as Joe Rogan (host "Fear Factor"), actress/comedian Kathy Griffin, actor Kevin Pollak, actor/comedian Harland Williams, and musical performances from Ben Kweller and Las Vegas-based The Killers. From there, it was straight to the Daytime Emmy Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, capping a busy month for Wireless First. The company regularly supplies RF equipment and expertise for large television broadcast awards shows, such as the Grammy Awards and VH1 Video Music Awards, as well as network specials such as the recent "Survivor" final episode and the reunion episode.

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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