One Long Room: Music/Dining one end; Living/5.1 Video other end
Added Office System
Added Garage-Shop System, & Components from Fisher President II,
1958, during brief live binaural radio broadcasts. Tune CBS FM for left; Tune CBS AM for right; Snap Control to 'Stereo Radio" Main System Electrovoice Drivers/Crossover/L-Pads are from the President Console.
>>>what great stories you must have from working at that station, what age were you then?<<<
I started interning there on weekends when I was in 11th grade in high school (working for albums and concert tickets), so that would have put me at 16 years old at the time. While in 12th grade, at 17 years old, I became a part-time employee there, while still attending high school one half day (I had enough credits to do that). After graduating high school, I became a full-time employee, and I was eventually put on the air as a part-time DJ (weekend overnights). 17 years old, and a DJ on a 50,000 watt FM rock station...yeah, it just doesn't get any better, and I think 1977 was one of the best years for rock music in general. In 1977 (in August of that year I turned 18) I was also appointed Music Director, which means I met with all of the record label reps, and decided what new album cuts we allowed the DJ's to play on the air. This was at a time when DJ's at that station, within limits, programmed their own shows. All in all, a great time in my life. Thanks for asking.
Back in 1977, we finally decided to replace some broadcast standard QRK idler wheel turntables at the FM rock radio station I worked at. The idler wheel driven turntables were terribly noisy, and looking back, it's ridiculous that we tolerated them for so long (sorry, not a fan of idler's). Now at that time, the Technics SP-10 turntables (MKI & MKII) were already becoming the norm at most album rock radio stations, but for some reason, our engineer went with the Victor TT-101 model instead (qty. 2). Well, OMG, when we put those on the air, WHAT A DIFFERENCE in sound quality did they make(!!), and that was with re-using the old Rek-o-kut (what a name for a turntable and/or tonearm) tonearms that were taken from the old ORK idler wheel drive turntables. I mean the sound from those TT-101's was simply magnificent! Unfortunately, they only lasted for a few weeks in the on-air studio, because they intermittently would just stop. Y'know, a record would be playing on the air, and all of a sudden in the middle of the song, the turntable would just stop turning (even though there was still power to the turntable). This of course wouldn't be tolerated at *any* radio station, so after about 2 weeks, they were removed. The weird thing was, it would maybe happen like 10 times a day. Since our 27,000 watt FM transmitter (for a 50,000 watt station) was on the same floor, and basically right outside the on-air studio door, the engineers felt that RFI was getting into the TT-101's electronics, and affecting their performance. I didn't realize until later on in life what a high fidelity turntable those TT-101's were. Of course I was also blown away the first time I heard the Technics SP-10's (both MKI & II). Congratulations on possessing a TT-81!