The following is excerpts from a thread on Jim Roese’s Facebook page.

The TV broadcast company decided to turn on an RF transmitter to their camera guys directly below the drum kit on the floor below. It was also very courteous of them to not share it in the RF map, or to realize it was sitting right in the middle of my IEM frequencies…well actually, right on top of Clem’s mix. Needless to say he played the whole set with dropouts. 

We sound checked yesterday before the vidiots arrived. We got access to our consoles less than an hour before our show based on having to share consoles. No checking anything other than a quick tap thru before the set. Yet another pleasure of the show….when advancing a show and you are told they secured your consoles. Last I knew that doesn’t mean “We got your choice as one of the pairs but it needs to be used by half the bands”…on a show in which the situation couldn’t be changed at that point. Maybe that info could have been shared, but I guess they didn’t want me to veto their plan…

I’m glad I’m a calm person. I could see quite a few bad words being thrown around now otherwise. It’s just a bummer the band had to suffer due to someone’s ignorance of a system that was set in place to avoid it from happening. Vidiots seem to be just a little too far disconnected from live show production sometimes…

It just sucks watching an artist having a difficult time and not being able to rectify it based on not even knowing the vidiots existed until after the show when the damage was done.

I talked to the house production manager after the show trying to find out what might have been different between yesterday and today. He said nothing ..then said ..except for the video crew that set up today below the stage…so I trekked downstairs and found their cave…right below where Clem was set. Then they told me of their one rf transmitter…in my band. They said the frequency they found was clear…although my transmitters were off until show time…lame

February 26 at 5:52pm · Like

At this point someone suggested always leaving all RF on from the time of setup to the time of show.

Jim Roese 

I ALWAYS leave my RF on. Back from the days of 2 channel PSM600’s to not get screwed coming in second. We did our soundcheck the day before and didn’t return to the venue yesterday until 6:00 pm due to no checks that day. Everything worked fine the day before so the audio guys turned the transmit switches off on my rack of PSM900’s for extra safety in rf land for the earlier bands. 

The vidiots set up in the morning when I wasn’t there and my rack was on in non-transmit mode. Maybe they saw the lights and figured everything was hot. I can accept that happening as they probably don’t know the gear and probably saw everything on and figured all was good. What they didn’t do was confirm they were good via the rf map. Every other piece of rf in the room other than their gear was on it. If they would have applied for a license (which you always need in the UK) this never would have happened as they would have been given a clean frequency. It was just one of those weird shows in which the stars aligned in a bad way…

All in a days work. It would be great if they all went perfect but that doesn’t always happen. You can’t ever change what’s happened but you can use the life lessons to learn to keep it from happening again. It’s the weird gigs that present different situations out of the norm that give us the opportunity to grow in different directions