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When an estimated 75,000 people converged on downtown Dallas from August 29-31 for MegaFest, the nation’s largest inspirational family festival, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was on hand to provide all wireless equipment and frequency coordination for the multi-venue festival.

Produced by MegaFest Incorporated in conjunction with Mike Walker Creative, MegaFest is a family-friendly festival that brings together the best of T.D. Jakes Ministries, with conferences including Woman Thou Art Loosed, Manpower, MegaKidz and the Mega-Youth Experience. The festival featured inspiration, music, entertainment and seminars, along with appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Babyface, Joel and Victoria Osteen, Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington, Steve Harvey, Brandy, Ray Chew and other celebrity guests.

Oprah Winfrey’s Life Class kicked off the three-day festival, which took place at the American Airlines Center (AAC). The main program was broadcast from the AAC, with several other large events held at the Dallas Convention Center. PWS supplied all the wireless ENG gear as well, including Lectrosonics microphones and IFBs, to coordinate this multi-venue festival.

The package that was supplied by PWS included Shure Axient microphone systems and PSM1000 In Ear Monitor systems, as well as Telex BTR800 wireless communications for all events, at both locations surrounding the festival. In addition, PWS provided several of its own products, including its GX-8 Combiners, DB-8 Distribution Systems, and its Helical and Domed Helical Antennas.

While PWS provided all the wireless gear and coordination, the company worked closely with both Spectrum Sound and Crossroads Audio, who provided PA and monitor gear to the American Airlines Center and the Dallas Convention Center. PWS was responsible for coordinating nearly 400 frequencies between the two separate venues including eight performance spaces set up in the Dallas Convention Center, the constantly changing needs for media coverage, and the high level of DTV congestion throughout the Dallas area. PWS’s five-man crew worked closely with the festival’s main production company and the local sound companies at each venue to ensure the coordination of all wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and show communications were flawless.

“Having worked with Mike Walker in the past at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, we were glad that he decided to contact us for our wireless gear and expertise for an event of this scale,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager of PWS. “Being able to provide the equipment and services for an event of this size and scope is what we do best, and the fact that the event went as smoothly as it did is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the PWS team.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast, and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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