Sixteen years ago, thousands of people were killed and wounded in the heartless Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States. Radio World pauses today to remember them, including the six broadcast engineers who died while working at the World Trade Center in New York: Don DiFranco of WABC(TV); Gerard “Rod” Copolla of WNET(TV); Steve Jacobson of WPIX(TV); Bill Steckman of WNBC(TV); and Bob Pattison and Isaias Rivera of WCBS(TV). Read a remembrance of them here. The image above was created by Radio World graphic artist Joaquin Araya and conceived by Paul McLane.
For those who can’t make it to Austin for the Radio Show here’s a shot from the show floor by Radio World contributing photographer (and occasional author), Jim Peck. Pick out your colleagues and friends!
Here’s part of Houston-based Logitek’s operation during Harvey’s visit when the company’s factory lost power and was closed — company President Tag Borland’s house. The console in the picture was being tested. Modern communications technology makes it almost impossible for companies to really be fully “closed down.” On Wednesday the staff was back at the factory.
This rascally young radio whelp, a budding wild one, sticks his tongue out at authority as he rides the turntables of ALHS, a small high school radio station at Abraham Lincoln High School.
The San Jose, Calif., school had a full-fledged radio arts program in the late 1940s through the 1950s. According to a source, “Those were radio heydays, offering career opportunities during the dominance of network radio and before TV eclipsed radio as the nation’s go-to entertainment option.”
As for the facilities, “The ‘board’ in that snapshot was custom-built by the San Jose School District’s Audio-Visual Department. It had three mic inputs, two turntables, and could pull-up remotes from the gym, the Dramatic Arts classroom and the football field.”
Recording was done on an Ampex 600. “But before that there was a Brush Soundmirror, and earlier a Presto K8 disc lathe. The school never had an on-air presence ... an official, licensed one, anyway,” our source says.
Fortunately, the young man in the picture eventually left behind his youthful dalliance with demon radio to become a productive citizen and a successful businessman.
Learn more about Inovonics founder Jim Wood in this Radio World article, “Wood Reflects on 40 Years.”
Radio World is plenty proud of our technical advisor Tom McGinley, who has contributed so much to this publication over the years (and never fails to bring a smile to everyone he works with). Tom, now with Townsquare Media after a long tenure with CBS Radio, recently was named Engineer of the Year by SBE Seattle Chapter 16 for his dedication and long-term leadership involvement in the chapter and its committees, including a recent notable expansion of the scholarship program. He’s shown with chapter board member Marty Hadfield at the chapter’s annual picnic on Vashon Island at the historic KIRO 710 kHz, 50 kW transmission facility. Way to go Tom!
Photo Arthur Willetts, SBE Chapter 16