[TriLUG] Old Guy Stories
jonesjc at intrex.net
Mon Feb 12 00:00:18 EST 2007
I worked for a short while in Southern Pines, NC for a 5KW am station in
the late 50's. The transmitter was a used RCA probably of 1940 vintage.
The transmitter was at least 24 feet long and a minimum of 8 feet deep.
Later after work in Columbia, SC and Rocky Mount, NC , I ended up in
Raleigh at a 10KW am station. The 10 KW transmitter was not much more
than 6 feet long and about 4 feet deep. Electronics continue to shrink.
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity during my last physical to see a
modern day EKG unit. I can't help but wonder what the same equipment
looked like in the fifties.
Shawn William Taylor wrote:
>When I went back to college to finish my first attempt. (It actually took
>me 3 tries on that first degree! There were many that doubted, yet I
>prevailed) I digress... I took a room from a couple. He had been in
>Radio/Television as well. We used to drink red wine all night and he would
>tell me stories about his world travels. There were only three or four
>places I had ever asked him he had never been... He was a retired merchant
>marine (Worked in comm) then he went on to work 20 years for the CBC [
>Canadian Communist Radio! :-') ] When I met him he was completely retired
>and spent his summers in Schomberg, Ontario and his winters in the Bahamas
>on a 33 foot Concrete sailboat.
>He used to talk about the equipment he started with and the equipment he
>ended with at the CBC like it was 500 years between them. From 4 cases
>that required 2 guys to lift a case to one backpack he could sling around
>My how things change...
>At least you have had the opportunity to get an "education" in
>computers. What I have learned has been through necessity and I don't do
>a very good job of learning.
>The world of broadcast automation has changed drastically since I was
>first exposed to it in the sixties.
>I need to visit one of the local radio stations and see how they are
>using automation, pc's, etc today. I am sure that it is nothing like my
>days of radio and television.
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