James Stoffo has been working in the RF field for his entire professional career. Starting out as a Radio Surveillance Technician in the US Navy Submarine Service, he later wrote a book on wireless the RF Coordination and Procedures Manual for the Olympics Committee used as the blue print for radio coordination at the Olympic Games.
After working as a field technician for Vega Wireless Systems, he founded Professional Wireless Systems, which continues to be among the top wireless audio providers in the US. James has worked as the Frequency Coordinator for many high profile special events including the World Cup, NBA All-Star game, NBA Finals, and the Rose Bowl. He has also served as the frequency coordinator for the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
James has also worked as the Wireless Microphone and Intercom operator on many large special events including fourteen consecutive Super Bowls, numerous Latin and English Grammy Awards, every Latin and English Billboard Music Awards since 2000, Video Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, and Country Music Awards. James designed the wireless audio systems for Microsoft Studios, most of the Cirque Du Soliel shows in the US, the NBC Sports Facility in Stamford Connecticut, numerous theme parks and attractions, and the QVC shopping Network, a 250,000 square foot facility with multiple studios on one combined antenna system.
Tim Vear is a native of the south side of Chicago (Go White Sox!). A lifelong interest in both entertainment and science has led to the field of audio as his choice for combining these interests in a useful way. Prior to joining Shure he worked as an engineer for recording, radio, and live sound, and operated his own recording studio and sound company. He continues to play music professionally. Tim holds a BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with a minor in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While at the University, Tim also worked as chief technician with both the Speech and Hearing Science and Linguistics departments.
Since joining Shure in 1984, Tim has served in a technical support and training capacity for several departments. He has been active in product and applications education for Shure customers, dealers, and installers, as well as company staff. His major goal has been to increase the understanding of quality audio by presenting technical information in a way that is thorough but still very accessible. Tim’s particular emphasis is on the contribution of proper selection and technique for both wired and wireless microphones.
In addition, Tim has done technical presentations for many industry organizations (NAB, NAMM, AES, and SBE), as well as for US government entities such as the White House Communication Agency and the US Air Force. Through his international assignments he has been fortunate to be able to deliver presentations in more than twenty countries and on all but one of the continents (still waiting for an offer from Antarctica ). He has provided specific applications assistance to various performing artists including the Rolling Stones and U2 and for theme parks such as Disney and Universal Studios.
While at Shure, Tim has authored several educational booklets including Selection and Operation of Wireless Microphone Systems and Audio Systems Guide for Houses of Worship.
His articles have also appeared in Recording Engineer Producer, Live Sound Magazine, Pro AV, Technologies for Worship, and Church Sound Magazine.
Karl Winkler is Director of Business Development and a 10-year veteran of Lectrosonics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone, networked audio, and matrix mixing products for professional use. While at Lectrosonics, Karl has provided hundreds of frequency coordinations for theaters, broadcast studios, reality TV, feature film productions, major touring acts, and houses of worship. Karl also contributes a regular column for Live Sound International magazine, covering topics on the philosophy of sound, careers in the audio business, and technical topics including wireless microphone deployment.
Prior to Lectrosonics, Karl worked as Brand Manager for Neumann/USA and Business Area Manager for Professional Products at Sennheiser USA. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Karl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Arizona and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Recording Arts from the University of Southern California. In his spare time, Karl enjoys time with his wife and daughter, and performing classical music in the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and the Giovanni String Quartet.