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A Big Week for Live Broadcasting

It's been quite a week for live broadcasting, even if the audience isn't necessarily listening via terrestrial radio or watching via rabbit-ears television anymore. Regardless of end-user devices, the basic act of sharing live sound and images with distant audiences has rarely seen a more active week.

Some of the highlights include:

Game Seven of the Stanley Cup playoff series between the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night (full disclosure of bias: many on the West Coast were rooting for the ultimately-victorious Canucks)

President Obama releasing his long-from birth certificate, and Donald Trump claiming credit moments later on Wednesday morning

Devastating tornadoes and their aftermath in the Southern US on Wednesday evening

The Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka William and Kate) early Friday

If only the Space Shuttle Endeavour launch had not been delayed on Friday, this could well have been one of the most diversely triumphant weeks in live broadcast history. Perhaps it says even more about how much we take for granted this ability to listen and watch history that nobody even noticed.

(Posted by Feliks Banel)



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