Detroit Stations Transition to New 2GHz BAS Channels

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcast Engineering

The sight of having ENG vehicles from every news station in the Detroit market lined up in a single parking lot is a “once-in-a-lifetime experience”–at least Jeffrey Liebman, manager of news operations for WDIV-TV, hopes it is.

The gathering of microwave trucks from Fox O&O WJBK-TV, Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV, CBS O&O WWJ and Post Newsweek Stations-owned NBC affiliate WDIV-TV on the rainy Saturday morning of July 11 in WDIVs downtown parking lot was the penultimate event in the markets conversion to the new digital 2GHz Broadcast Auxiliary Service band plan.

The success of the 2GHz BAS transition in the Detroit market comes down to three things: communication, coordination and training, Liebman says. At WDIV, which transitioned 11 microwave trucks, two SNG vehicles, two helicopters and fixed microwave assets at city hall and a sports arena, dialog about the transition started long before the station ever received its first Microwave Radio Communications MTS-5000 radio. Full article…