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Don Kennedy 1948 WBVP Western Electric RCA turtable Raytheon radio board

Don Kennedy sends us this golden oldie. He describes it as: “This is a photo of an 18-year-old Don Kennedy at the Raytheon control board of WBVP(AM), Beaver Falls, Pa., in 1948.” He adds, “The station had just gone on the air so everything was new including the 1948 version of RCA’s 16-inch turntable with a separate Western Electric arm for playing vertical transcriptions. The W.E. could also play lateral, but the lighter arms were available then for use in playing lateral transcriptions and 78s. When microgroove and 45s became common, the pickup arm was changed to one with two switchable styli. While this is not a good shot of the battleship-like Raytheon board, it does indicate the simplicity. The board had a separate wall-mounted power supply and in the mode of WW II development, used rugged metal tubes.” Radio World invites your radio facility photos, whether fun, scary or educational. Email


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I have fond memories from my childhood watching Don as host of the Popeye Club on WSB Television in the 1960s. Later after starting my radio career in 1974 I always admired Don's professionalism as a broadcaster.
By Doug Williams on 6/27/2014

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