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When Cecil Lynch Recalled Early Radio

A video to watch if you appreciate radio tech history

I want to share a video of Cecil Lynch. If you appreciate the history of radio broadcast engineering, you’ll want to watch this.

First, let me share that I read about Mr. Lynch in the latest engineering newsletter of Crawford Broadcasting, where engineer Steve Minshall wrote the following:

“Consulting engineer Cecil Lynch went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 5, 2013 at the age of 102. I first met Cecil at a four-tower AM directional facility under construction at Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1980. The station was building a night facility to change their daytime-only station to full-time status. The project had to be done on an extremely tight budget, and that was where Cecil’s expertise in economy made the project feasible.

“Cecil had traveled from Modesto, Calif.,with a trunk load of coils and capacitors,” Minshall continued. “I remember him sitting in his car with a polar chart and some scratch paper. He designed the phasor and ATUs on the spot. He left us with blank aluminum panels and a bunch of coils, capacitors and insulators. This was my first job in radio — what a great way to learn, and learn I did! Not everyone gets to build a four-tower phasing system from scratch.”

I will let both Steve Minshall and Cecil Lynch speak for themselves from that point.

Read the rest of Steve’s memories here (PDF, page 7) and then watch the Modesto Radio Museum’s video of the late Cecil Lynch, who was 98 at the time, below. Thanks, Steve, for sharing that link.