Our South Florida satellite, uplink broadcast studio covered the death of iconic, legendary boxing heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali. We were honored to welcome another former heavyweight champion and close friend of Ali’s, Evander Holyfield, to our studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale!
Evander spent several days at our studio, as all the network news stations requested him to be live on the set during what turned out to be a week long tribute to Muhammad Ali. Included in this blog post, is the video clip from our studio’s remote liveshot with Evander on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. It was honor meeting and getting to know Evander Holyfield as he shared some of his personal stories of growing up, his family and also gave us insight into his professional career as one of the greatest boxers of all time!
Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74, after a lengthy 32 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Ali is considered by many as the greatest boxing champion of all time. He is also widely regarded as one of the most influential and prominent celebrated sports figures and celebrities in history.
Although Ali will be remembered as arguably the “greatest” boxing champion of all time, he also was a very involved and active in the arena of politics and religion. He was an anti-establishment man who refused to serve in the Vietnam War because of his strong religious and political beliefs. Ali, converted to Islam during his younger years as a heavyweight boxing champion. Even before hsi passing, with his health in a declining spiral, he did not shy away form voicing his political opinions and opposition to issues and laws he strongly opposed. He criticized then candidate Trump, when the President proposed a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Ai focused on Islam being a peaceful religion, and was very critical of those who used the religion to promote their own agendas.
Our state of the art HD remote video production studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale (servicing Miami, Broward and Palm Beach Counties) is covering the busy holiday travel season. We welcomed back HOME, Spirit Airlines CEO, Ben Baldanza, who was “LIVE FROM FSS” on CNBC’s Fast Money. Ben spoke about the recent drop in oil prices and how that has effected the airline industry and their respective stock prices. Spirit Airlines is expected to grow roughly 30% in 2015 and the stock is up more than 60% in 2014!
Our South Florida remote, uplink studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale (servicing Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties) covering the latest earnings news from Spirit Airlines. We welcomed back, Spirit Airlines CEO, Ben Baldanza who was live on CNBC’s Mad Money Show with Jim Cramer. The largest of the low cost carriers, Spirit Airlines, just reported earnings that beat Wall Street estimates by three cents a share, boosting the stock more than seven percent. Despite the recent Ebola scare, which sent many of the airline industry stocks plummeting a few weeks ago, Spirit’s stock has rose dramatically over the past few weeks from $53 to $71 a share now. Spirit’s motto is very simple: they offer no frills flights at the lowest cost per seat in the airline industry, charging extra for carrying on bags. Spirit Airlines Inc. known by their NYSE ticker SAVE, has the lowest costs in the industry, about 10 percent below its other competitors in the low cast carrier category. Cramer is very “bullish” on this stock, predicting that it will go much higher in the near term!
A Trans Asia Airways flight preparing to land at Magong Airport, crashes, killing at least 48 people. The plane, a twin engine turboprop plane crashed and caught fire in the Penghu Islands, off the western coast of Taiwan. in weather that was reported to be heavy rains. The flight took off from Kaohsiung and had been delayed prior to takeoff because of bad weather conditions connected to a typhoon that hit Tawan. According to Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration says the plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members. Our South Florida remote uplink studio in Fort Lauderdale, welcomes Airline Weekly’s Seth Kaplan to our studio set. Seth discusses this latest plane crash on CCTV.
The plane’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been sent to Taipei. The Taiwan Aviation Safety Council says its too early to blame the typhoon for the crash and has just begun their investigation.
Our South Florida remote uplink studio in downtown Fort Lauderdale had the pleasure of welcoming to our studio set, Kymani Quarrie and his mother, Tania Dunbar. They were live on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry this past weekend. Kymani was featured as the show’s “foot soldier” of the week in recognition for his charitable work in the community.
In 2010, at seven years old, Kymani, with the help of his mother, founded the non profit organization KQ Cares dedicated to helping the homeless. Kymani has hosted numerous food and clothing drives for the homeless, partnering with local charities in his community to distribute the goods. Kymani has gotten other children involved in his charitable work too by hosting a children’s fashion show and a basketball tournament.