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By Paul McLane 1/30/2013 1:44 PM
I asked about the difference with current booster offerings
By Paul McLane 1/22/2013 1:12 PM
Beeler event is in 11th year
1/18/2013 3:23 PM
The latest in audio accessories for your early 1960s DeSoto — a record player!...
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By Paul McLane 1/16/2013 4:48 PM
Fred Jacobs expands on how radio should approach a rapidly changing consumer world
By Paul McLane 1/15/2013 5:26 PM
Association adds radio IT course, announces 2013 engineering class schedule
By Paul McLane 1/9/2013 3:11 PM
Among the highlights is what organizers describe as the largest archive of audio interviews with Negro League players

1/30/2013 5:44:00 PM
I asked about the difference with current booster offerings
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1/22/2013 5:12:00 PM
Beeler event is in 11th year
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1/18/2013 7:23:00 PM
The latest in audio accessories for your early 1960s DeSoto — a record player!

A number of car radio add-ons had long life spans. The cassette player lasted about 35 years, ending with the 2010 Lexus, according to the New York Times. The quirky 8-track with its odd tracking scheme, formidable hiss and its propensity to warp as the temperature rose and fell was only somewhat less successful. It appeared in Ford vehicles first in 1966 and was still popular as late as 1979.

While those two formats were considered winners at the time and sold thousands of units across the country, three other products will be placed, along with New Coke, flavored ketchup and the use of hydrogen in blimps such as the Hindenburg, in my museum of historical fails.

1. In 1956 Chrysler (including its DeSoto, Plymouth and Dodge badges) along with Columbia Records introduced an idea that was sure to catch on: the in-dash phonograph! If you don’t believe me, check it out here and here. It didn’t fly for several reasons, including the fact that records had to be made in a proprietary format and happened by coincidence to feature only Columbia artists. The device was relaunched in 1960, this time with the ability to play standard 45s, and utilizing a phonograph cartridge that came up from the below the disk. Despite RCA’s involvement this time, once again the public stayed away. Such silliness was not limited to the U.S. as Philips also dabbled with a car-based record-playing system in the 1960s in Europe.

2. One of the coolest options for a car radio was the rear-speaker reverb. Since the only technology that

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1/16/2013 10:43:00 PM
Ben Freedman Ken Deutsch
Ben Freedman, Ken Deutsch, Noreen Freedman and Linda Deutsch in Toronto, 1988

Ben Freedman (1949-2013) passed away recently at age 63. He had a radio ID jingle company called CPMG, which for a long time, was run out of his house in Buffalo, N.Y. From his cramped attic he managed to sell product around the world, and our singers sang most of it in our studios in Toledo, Ohio. I worked with Ben from 1980 until 1996 when we parted ways professionally.

But for 16 years we had a good working relationship, and Ben was always enthusiastic. Sometimes he went overboard, as in his ALL CAPS faxes and his off-tune singing to me over the phone and on cassette, trying to explain exactly what he wanted our singers to do on a given project. But his heart was definitely in jingles, and he wanted to create them for every radio station on the planet. While he didn’t quite reach that goal, he did set up a network of sales people in many countries, and we had a good time sorting out the local pronunciations. What’s the word for “good morning” in Japanese? We took a good shot at it.

Eventually Ben relocated to Dallas, where the most experienced jingle singers can be found. At various times he hung his hat at Thompson Creative, Century 21 and a few other ID companies along the way. He formed alliances with many industry people and these connections always seemed to pay off in orders. His friendship

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1/16/2013 8:48:00 PM
Fred Jacobs expands on how radio should approach a rapidly changing consumer world
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Association adds radio IT course, announces 2013 engineering class schedule
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1/9/2013 7:11:00 PM
Among the highlights is what organizers describe as the largest archive of audio interviews with Negro League players
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