Random pictures of this and that....
I just received this photo of a COLLINS 212G, like the one I am sitting at in the picture below. Bruce Berman did an excellent job of bringing this one back. It looks like day 1.
The COLINS 212 G..last of the tube types
THE WAY I WUZZ Part 2
Once again, the mike of choice, a shiny new 77DX, three brand new (literally - some of the first ones-ITC "Premium Line" cart machines, and a COLLINS 212G, and -- lots of polyester....
Hall of Famer Charlie "B" Boman was the boss, Calvin was the chief engineer, Skip Reynolds (now chief engineer at WMC in Memphis) Sammy Watson (a legend in Tuscaloosa and almost the mayor) and Hank Smith a radio legend in our town, were on the staff. I was the hot rockin', flame throwing, Program Director of 'JBY. It was then we kinda invented the Gold Based A C format, but I didn't know it! Ya see, we played an "easy" current, a 65 to 70 oldie, then a 55 to 65 oldie.
We had PAMS jingles, and Fisher SPACE EXPANDER reverb. We cooked - Oh yeah....
An RCA BC-2 console
When Camden replaced the 76 console series, they sold a pile of these. Almost every picture of a new control room from the late 40's or early 50's would show this board, a Collins, or an SA-40 GATES.
A RAYTHEON RC-11 console (sort of)
Actually this isn't from the fifties. It's from 2001, in my basement studio. No - RAYTHEON did not build a stereo version of the RC-11. but I did. Serial number 362 from WFMH in Cullman, Alabama was lovingly modified by yours truly and again OP-AMP Labs guts make it run like a top. (I gotta put a grill cloth on those JBL's, kind of gives it away.)
RCA with no tubes...it's a BC-8
Skip Reynolds, who I worked with at 'JBY is now the Chief Engineer at WMC in Memphis. He found for me this pristine BC-8. I converted it to stereo with the original germanium amps, and used it for a while in the "basement" This one had hardly any use, it was spotless!
Cedar Rapids finest, A COLLINS 212 F-1
This one came from Ivan Davis at WEEN in Lafayette, TN. Here it is on the bench ungoing another of my less than famous restorations. It was in perfect shape, seeing daily service until 1998!
GATES CB-100 with Gray Research tone arm
Today these can double as a pottery wheel, but in the day, these baby's played the hits, the easy stuff, the transcriptions, and sometimes commericals. Three speed on the floor, kinda.
The good old, and the good new
This is the transmitter area of John Heidelberg's WVOL in Nashville, TN. The beautiful old COLLINS still goes, replaced in daily service by the BE 5 KW solid state job on the right, a few years ago.
The Mighty 690 in Birmingham
If you listened to radio in Alabama in the 60's & 70's, you no doubt heard this guy. A legend in Birmingham and North & Central Alabama, Joe was on the air from his basement home studio every morning and afternoon on WVOK, "the mighty 690" (50,000w).
As I understand it, Joe bought three hour blocks of time from VOK, then re-sold it, traded it, or whatever. Having your new record played on Joe's show was as good as it gets, promo wise, and being mentioned by Mr. Rumore, was the best commercial mention possible.
CONSIDER THIS: half the state could hear the signal!