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Nov 21, 2013 10:50 AM, With Bennett Liles

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When you have an announcer up there in a closed press box during an event, that’s one thing but having somebody with an open mic down on the field they’ve got to be able to cut through all the crowd noise and minimize the delay and echo at the same time. What’s the pattern like on these arrays? Did you have to have them really tight or was the emphasis just on covering a lot of area?

No, we were actually trying to cover quite a bit of area. I mean on the R.5s, the far left and far right, we used the R.5-66TZs and on the center line we had two of the R.5-94TZs, so we were able to keep that coverage pretty consistent right there to the bleacher area, but of course you are able to hear it on the track and soccer field as well. [Timestamp: 5:16]

You were talking before about the weather. These systems have to be able to stand up to some horrendous weather conditions in that part of the country with very little maintenance.

They do, and fortunately the way that the Communities are built, they’re able to stand the test of time. You know, I get calls from people all the time that want to look at an outdoor sound system and then you show them what the price is to get a real system and they freak out. But they’ll be back in a couple of years because their system that they decided to put in then, they bought their stuff from some local retail big-box store. It’s just not going to last them and they’ll come back because it may not be the first system they put in, but it will most probably be the last. [Timestamp: 5:58]

And I guess that part of that job is trying not to overwhelm a client with lots of technical jargon but then when they actually hear the system for the first time they’re going to just know what they like, and there’s no substitute for that.

That’s correct. Very, very correct.

And what’s coming up next for Technical Services Group? What have you got going on? Is there anything you can tell us about?

Well, we’ve got a lot going on. We do a lot of work here locally as well as outside of the city of Baton Rouge. Right now we’re working on a project for one of the larger hospitals in the area. We do quite a bit of work on the broadcast side with LSU football and LSU sports property, so that always keeps us busy during football season. We just try to stay on top of things and keep our customers happy and keep rolling along. [Timestamp: 6:43]

Have you attended any of the games they’ve had in there? Your outfit goes way back with that football stadium and the games in that area don’t you?

We go back with the football program quite awhile. They did have a large addition recently. Unfortunately we were not the selected contractor, but they have done some work and are really improving it, so we just get a little bit louder and a little bit more intimidating for the fans and the football teams that come into play LSU. [Timestamp: 7:12]

Well, it was a big project, but when you see things happen in there now, you know a lot of people are having a lot of fun in that stadium and the sound system you put in is right at the center of it all for generating that excitement so congratulations to TSG on that. Patrick Meek, vice president of sales and marketing with Technical Services Group. Thanks for telling us about it.

Yes, sir. It was a great project and I definitely enjoyed being part of it. Being a New Orleans native, it was good to be able to do that project. [Timestamp: 7:41]

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