Photo Of The Week Archives


Food, Booze, Gambling and Sports Radio

OK, it might be almost impossible to top the new studios of Yahoo! Sports Radio’s Ken Thomson. Airing daily 10 p.m.–1 a.m., Thomson hosts his show from new digs at Emeril Lagasse’s “Lagasse’s Stadium” in The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Yeah, that’s right, he’s airing from a sports book/sports bar in Las Vegas hosted by chef Emeril Lagasse.

You know when Homer Simpson says, “Dooooooooonuts” and saliva cascades from his mouth? — That’s the idea.

Here’s a view of Thomson broadcasting. The studio is at the entrance of the restaurant with glass walls facing a Palazzo lobby (behind Thomson) while the other side faces into the restaurant crowd. The inset shows the sports memorabilia collection and the larger space.


Empirical Art

Engineers will attest to this — sometimes an object or a collection of objects can approximate art. So it is with this picture of the Empire State Building’s transmission crown, taken by Eric Wandel in 2001.

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What Happens in Vegas

Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer D. Ray Gardner receives an NBA Pinnacle Award, the first ever given to a broadcaster, from Tony Bonnici, at the recent Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Scholarship Gala.

Gardner is a legend in Nevada radio broadcasting. He bought the Elko Broadcasting Co., which his children now run, in 1974 with his late wife, Ginger, an inductee into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame herself.

Elko Broadcasting consists of an AM and an FM in Elko, Nev., KELK(AM) and KLKO(FM). Gardner has long been involved in local Elko businesses, community organizations and Nevada radio organizations. A motto attributed to him is, “I’d rather make a friend than a buck.”


Reaching for the Stars

The late Casey Kasem used to end his show with “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

Larry London, host of Voice of America’s “Border Crossings” program, seems to have lived that motto. Based in Washington, he takes requests from around the world, including postcard requests from Tibet to Facebook requests from Nigeria. He arrived at that unusual posting via stops in Michigan, Hong Kong Tokyo and more. From his Washington post he gets to occasionally meet the artists whose songs he’s been playing. Here he poses with Aretha Franklin after her appearance on the show.

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Really Live Radio

Why spin a track (or punch a touchscreen) when you can have the real singer sing? Doing his best Don Kirshner impression, Bobby Bones invited country music singer/songwriter Eric Paslay and his band to perform in-house Wednesday on “The Bobby Bones Show.” With Bobby at the board, Paslay and his band sang several hits across an hour-long concert. Now that’s content that no one else is providing! Got a cool pic? Send to


Collins Reconsidered

Gerry Moersdorf, KC8ZUL, lives the life many broadcast engineers dream — he makes a living as an audio electronics engineer and manufacturer. But more importantly, he has the space and resources to refurbish cool, old electronic equipment. He’s especially fond of old transmitters.

This week’s Photo of the Week was one of his projects — a Collins 20T AM transmitter. Gerry picks it up from there: “Built in 1946, it weighs in at 3,600 pounds. It uses four 833A triodes two for audio and two for RF and produces a 1 kW carrier. This rig was the main and later the backup transmitter for KSTT(AM) 1170 in Davenport, Iowa. The rig came through various owners to Columbus, Ohio, where it was restored and converted for use on the 40, 75, and 160 meter ham radio bands. It is one of 20+ AM tube transmitters in the collection of the KC8ZUL ham radio station.”

Columbus-based Gerry’s various operations, including his electronics museum, can be found at He welcomes like-minded visitors, “If you want to visit and tour the collection send us an email, we love to show the collection.”

He adds, “We have been looking for homes for some of the larger rigs in the collection so if you know of someone collecting these rigs please contact us. Teardown or the dumpster is the last resort for these historic radios.”

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