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Hard-Disk Audio

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I read the article about the automation lawsuit (“Hard-Disk Lawsuit Threatens Stations,” June 1).

It raised memories of my own work with early automation. I put in the first digital audio system in 1988 when I built WLOW(FM) in Bluffton, S.C. We used a 9 gig Maxtor hard drive that used a Dolby encoder; the maker was an Australian company out of Perth. The controller was a MediaTouch touchscreen system; music was on reel-to-reel tape. We used the digital audio system for commercials and fill-in music. This predates all the hard-drive systems.

W. Lee Simmons
Richfield, N.C.


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