posted on Apr, 29 2008 @ 09:28 AM
This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I do audio production for a living. Mostly live sound (think-angry, un-employable, sound
. What most people don't realize, is that wireless mic's and wireless instrument rigs, and wireless in-ear monitoring systems, and wireless
com systems, all use part of the spectrum that was so eagerly auctioned off by our esteemed members of Congress. The high comedy that will ensue
during the 2012 political season will be worth the price of admission.
Let me explain.
When you throw a shindig on the scale of a DNC or RNC, there are literally thousands of channels of wireless communication jammed into and around the
venue. The only ones most of us see are the media talking heads and the odd political blowhard as they appear on camera. But behind the scenes, there
are thousands of people who rely on wireless com to pull the event off.
I was part of an MTV 'town meeting' last year with a certain candidate who now doesn't matter. This event was held at a small state college, in a
small NE state, for instant web-cast (talk about going straight to DVD :@@
. Still, there were hundreds of us techys and production folks using OVER
100 channels of wireless com. That was for a video media non-event. Imagine if all the worlds media outlets needed to be represented with tech and
production crews on site. Boggles the mind really.
As of Feb '09, it all goes away. Well, to be fair it doesn't. It just becomes susceptible to compromise to the point that it's useless. Nooone
wants to risk Rep Windbag (R, VT.) winding on about the benefits of global stupidity only to have his signal 'sqwaked' by the secret service
security channel....ON AIR! It's a career ender.
I see no conspiracy. I see a group of people making self serving decisions based on their own limited understanding of the situation (Congress). The
only real change I see coming is that we will become accustomed to seeing our politicians, rock stars, and public speakers tethered to their mic's.
It's a good thing too, some are so full of hot air that they risk floating off otherwise.