Here’s my friend Tim at his studio at ESPN Radio Network in Bristol, Connecticut. A lot of audio comes out of this room heard on hundreds of stations in the US and all over the world, on XM Sirius satellite, on Slacker Radio, and often on the ESPN TV Networks. Tim is a master.
How many steps does a radio DJ walk during an average airshift? My friend Randy Moore wanted to find out by recording only a single hour of his show on TIC-FM in Connecticut.
Carts! Tape cartridges we all used to use in the old days of broadcasting. Today all music is played from computer hard drive. But back in the day each song was on its own tape cartridge, or “cart”. One song per cart. You would pop the cart into the machine, hit start and your song would play on the radio. While visiting Mike Brownsher at ESPN New York, Dan Kelly, the Creative Services Director at WPLJ-FM (down the hall) showed us how their legendary morning show still uses carts for playing sound effects and beds! Cool. Of course WPLJ plays their music off of hard drive and has state at the art audio. It’s just the morning show that also keeps carts around for fun. By the way, the tape and pads inside of a cart wear down with every play. They have a very limited life. No one is making new replacements anymore. When the cart pads finally wear out, that will be the end. Very nostalgic for those of us from back in the day.
Friday night we jumped on the Acela Express out of NYC down to Philly and met up at 97.5 the Fanatic with Matt Nahigian, Joe DeCamara, Eric Camille, ESPN’s Scott Masteller and sportsradio.com’s Rick Scott.
Listen to the sounds of the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia:
Day two of planning and production meetings at ESPN. Dawn and I both lived Continue reading
Remember Hanson’s Mmmmmm-Bop hit? Dan Michaels had 3 hours to quickly put together a community video when the band came to Pittsburgh to promote their new song “Thinking ’bout Somethin’”. Hanson was up for it and graciously played it live a few times while they captured it on little flip cams. Dan wanted to use ONLY Pittsburgh listeners and a Pittsburgh location. THE LISTENERS MADE THE VIDEO. Click through after the break and hear how he did the impossible with no budget, no pro’s, using only little flip cams and local listeners…all in a total of 3 hours. Fun. And the band was nice to work with. Continue reading
Has Social Media jumped the shark? With so many new services like Bing and Buzz to keep up with, in addition to Twitter and Facebook, is it getting ridiculous? Will the biz shake out? I asked the guys from the Computer Corner Radio Show, Ken Colburn and Brandon Disney. This past weekend they borrowed one of our studios to do their show, and we borrowed them for some information and opinion. They also own a fascinating Data Recovery business….check the interview, it’s 14 minutes.