Chiefs Football Surrounds the Crowd

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One major challenge in creating the broadcast is accommodating all the various delays. The Chiefs Radio Network announcers have strong ties to the team, and Chiefs fans are dedicated listeners. Some game attendees listen to the radio at the game. Home viewers will often watch the game on TV but listen to the radio audio. With HD Radio, DTV and uplinks, delay times can vary. The effect used by TV to show the line of scrimmage and the 1st down marker adds about 3 seconds. A compromise in the overall delay time is made to appease both the in-stadium and TV viewers.

At a Chiefs game

The entire equipment setup is designed for flexibility, but the same equipment is also used for away games, so size and weight is a consideration. For home games, two racks are used. For away games, a single rack is used. The BSS system detects if the second rack is attached and reroute signals automatically.

For away games, the equipment is carried by and the broadcast crew travels with the Chiefs. Once the game has finished, there is a window of about 30 minutes from the end of the game until the equipment and broadcast crew have to be on the bus heading to the airport. The challenge: The post-game show lasts an hour. The one-hour post-game show is essentially created in the first 20 minutes after the game. Lead-ins and outs are recorded and fed to the studio. Locker-room and pressroom audio is gathered and fed to the studio. These pieces with recorded game highlights are reassembled back at the studio into an hour-long post-game show.

Stadium Personnel

Steve Cook - booth assistant
Len Dawson - analyst/color commenter
Kendall Gammon - sideline reporter
Bernie Haney - statistician
Mitch Holthus - play by play
Dan Israel - pre-game host/executive producer
Josh Looney - spotter
Derek Nelson - statistician
Tom Rosberg - spotter
John Taylor - creative services director, stadium assistant producer
Nate Wetmore - stadium mixing engineer (A1)

Studio Personnel

Ken Cox - studio engineer
Dennis Eversoll - market chief engineer
Art Hains - host
Gary Kline - SVP of engineering, Cumulus
Derek Nester - production assistant
Chris Sellers - segment producer
Eric Townsend - studio director
Rob Trainor - production assistant

Typical Schedule for Noon Away Game
5:30 a.m.wake up call
6:30 a.m.breakfast
7:15 a.m.leave hotel
7:45 a.m.arrive at stadium security
8:00 a.m.begin booth setup (focus on pre-game needs first)
9:00 a.m.pre-game begins
9:45 a.m.complete booth setup (for entire game broadcast - includes RF confirmation of coordination done prior in the week via email)
11:00 a.m.complete locker room and press conference setup
11:10 a.m.lunch
11:40 a.m.conversion from pre-game to play by play
11:45 a.m.gameday broadcast begins
12:00 p.m.kickoff
3:00 whistle
3:15 p.m.booth strike
3:35 p.m.confirm equipment load and re-dress
3:45 p.m.board bus
4:00 p.m.depart stadium
4:30 p.m.TSA security check
5:00 p.m.board plan
5:30 p.m.take off
8:00 in Kansas City

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