Straight Arrow News uses Clear-Com solutions to maintain comms between its production teams

Straight Arrow News, an Omaha’s based start-up, in Nebraska, USA, has as its business model to offer unbiased approaches to news. Their website, which has been recently launched, has been drawing on this capacity more than doubling in size thanks to the Clear-Com wireless intercom systems.

Straight Arrow News is using the Clear-Com Eclipse HX Digital Matrix System, LQ Series of IP Interfaces and the Agent-IC Mobile App as its new programming schedules and production workflows continue to develop.

The production team is initially focused on pre-recorded segments such as studio shoots with its anchors and morning news updates, all produced through their main facility and control room in Omaha. Their objective is to expand its workload, adding live shows, remote productions and streaming to Facebook Live and other online platforms.

“We’re not building for now, we’re building for the future,” said Chris Childs, Director of Technical Operations. “What we have right now is more than we need, but we wanted something that could scale with us as we grow. We’ve invested a lot to get this site off the ground, so the last thing we want is to go back to management in two years and say we need to upgrade our equipment. Eclipse HX is highly scalable, and it will easily accommodate our communications needs as they grow in complexity.”

Straight Arrow installed a Clear-Com Eclipse HX system to interface with any 2-wire, 4-wire, IP (Dante, AES67, native) and wireless communication device. They also included an LQ device to ensure future system expansion. For now, the Eclipse HX system is mainly used for in-studio productions, handling the communications among the control room and three camera positions within the Omaha location. The team also uses the system for mix-minus feeds to and from its news bureaus in New York and Washington, DC, where the morning show interviews are recorded.

The next phase of Straight Arrow’s growth includes more live programming, which will give the team an opportunity to put the Agent-IC mobile app to use.  During one of Straight Arrow’s first tests with Facebook Live, the Agent-IC app allowed their Steadicam operator to maintain communications with the control room without wires. “We didn’t want to wire him up any more than was necessary,” said Rusty Havener, Senior Production Specialist. “Agent-IC is a great resource for field shoots. It provides communication among camera operations as well as reporters and producers regardless of where they are geographically.”

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