We get you the live shot.

Every time.

We operate three fully redundant HD/SD KU digital satellite uplink trucks. All trucks are MPEG-4/2 capable. Trucks can be equipped for dual or triple path HD transmission with no polarity restrictions. Communication requirements are fully met with a multi-station IFB/PL system including cellular or landline based telephone interface.

— Our Services —

HD/SD Satellite Transmission

We deliver transportable uplinks and downlinks for a multitude of news and sports broadcast clients. Networks, corporations, and public relations agencies call on us when they need experts in logistics and live production in complex shooting conditions. Our trucks were designed with our clients in mind and include plenty of comfortable workspace.

Live Broadcast Production

Our trucks are always equipped with an HD camera for stand ups and live shots. We can easily customize our trucks when you need a multicamera flypack for live sporting events or corporate conferences. We provide the top crews consisting of technical directors, camera operators, audio technicians, grips, and more for events like MLB All Star Week and the Presidential Primary Debates. We also provide the production services needed for taped shows and segments. Go to our parent website for more info on our crews and equipment.

Satellite Media Tours

Corporations and political organizations such as General Electric and the Democratic and Republican National Committees use our capabilities when they need to have their message distributed to key markets and media affiliates both quickly and cost-effectively. Interviews and product demonstrations can be set up and broadcast live to TV stations across the country reaching millions of people via satellite transmission.

Corporate Teleconferencing

Major corporations value our ability to provide video conferencing for their most important moments. We have provided video transmission for countless corporations over the years so that their message can be seen and heard around the world. We have done everything from connecting employees in Ohio to their counterparts in the UK for sensitive announcements and demonstrations to providing our services to a company that wanted to broadcast to all of their employees nationally a momentous occassion on Wall Street. We transmit and produce video news releases internationally, ensuring messages reach their maximum audience.

Satellite Space Segments

We have coordinated preferred partnerships with suppliers of satellite space segments. This allows us to offer our clients extremely competitive rates on satellite space. Digital and analog space on full and half transponders can be procured in 15-minute increments with the added convenience of approximate window end-times. HD 6, 9, 18, 36 MHz transmissions in MPEG-2 or 4.

— Service Area —

Core Service Area

The First Call Uplinks service area extends across the north-central United States and parts of Canada encompassing the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Central Appalachian Mountains, Ohio River Valley, Rust Belt, and the Great Lakes regions.


  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Eastern Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • East-Central Minnesota
  • Eastern Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Southeastern, Ontario, Canada
  • Pennsylvania
  • North-Central Tennessee
  • Virgina
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Selected Markets Served

First Call Uplinks has experience operating in urban and rural areas, small and large venues, in major metropolitan areas, and on college and university campuses.


  • Albany, NY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Charleston-Huntington, WV
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Davenport, IA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Dover, DE
  • Lansing, MI
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Frankfurt, KY
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Lexington, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Madison, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Nashville, TN
  • New York City, NY
  • Newark, NJ
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Rochester, NY
  • South Bend, IN
  • Springfield, IL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • State College, PA
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Toronto, ON
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • Washington, DC
  • Youngstown. OH

— Our Clients —

— About Us —

First Call Uplinks started in 1989 in Youngstown, OH. It transformed from solely being a full-service production company to an operation that provides remote satellite uplinks and crew for breaking news, sports, major events, and corporate production. In 2018, The Videohouse Inc., headquarted in Pittsburgh, PA., acquired all assets of First Call and it now operates under the leadership of Ron Bruno.

Robin Channell

Remote Operations Manager

Robin started as First Call’s office manager over 25 years ago, as the company grew she took on more and more responsibilities. She especially enjoys the logistical challenge of getting trucks and crews where they need to be — in a moment’s notice — to meet our clients’ needs. She finds it exciting to know that she plays a tiny, but crucial part in the process of getting people like the President of the United States on the air. Years ago, bookers at the assignment desks nicknamed her “the Delightful Robin” or “D” for short — and the name still rings true today.

When she’s not booking SAT trucks and crews for major networks, Robin enjoys spending time with her two daughters both in their early twenties. The three of them tend to collect beige animals as they now have a yellow lab and five cats in various shades of orange. Robin also enjoys catching Walleye on Lake Erie, going on long motorcycle rides, and listening to her favorite band with her friends.

Tracey Liston

Broadcast Engineer

Tracey first joined First Call in 2000 as a part-time Satellite Truck Operator. Before becoming First Call’s full-time Broadcast Engineer in 2012, he managed the Media Support Department of the Case School of Medicine. He handled the daily technical coordination of many surgical teleconferences and media video releases for university leadership.

Tracey’s broadcast experience includes coverage of two North American Olympic Games. He has provided the world feed for two Super Bowls, handling the pre and postgame needs of domestic and international clients.

Tracey's interest in broadcast engineering started as a high school internship at a neighbor's Cleveland classical music station and hasn't faded since. Spending too much time at the college radio station his interests lead him to production engineer duties in various production houses. When he's not trying to figure out "how are we gonna get the signal out of there?" he enjoys amateur radio, sailing, and recently expanded his aviation interests into aerial video and photography.

— Contact Us —

8433 South Ave. #1-1 Youngstown, OH 44514
Parent Company:
The Videohouse
975 Greentree Road Pittsburgh, PA 15220