By Paul McLane with Paul Shinn
Paul Shinn wants to get something off his chest.
A broadcast engineer for 27 years, he shares some thoughts with me that I thought I’d pass along for your comments.
“I’m no fan of computers and similar consumer-grade electronics at a radio station,” he begins.
“Back when I got started, stations were turntables and cart machines. One station had a MacKenzie machine (it pre-dates carts). There were consumer-grade turntables, and then there were broadcast-grade turntables. The difference was night and day.
“As for carts, there were broadcast-quality cart machines, and there were consumer grade 4-track machines (which used the same tapes). Again, difference was night and day. You could drop a cart machine on the concrete and it still worked. You could subject it to disc jockeys, and they still worked (the machines, that is).
“I remember when we brought in the first CD players at KWG/B101. Although they were high-end consumer machines at nearly $2K each, they were damaged by disc...