In addition to being
a station personality and traffic reporter. Dave Edwards also was responsible
for shooting the pictures that appeared on the weekly music surveys.
Captain Dave was also the
unofficial Asst. Engineer at WKBO because of his background in electronics
(hobby). This is a shot of Dave working on an the electronics of an Ampex
R/R deck. (August 1977)
Towards the end Dave drove
a grey International Scout. This shot was posed in the parking lot with
me holding the RPU mike. (1980)
This is Lou Raymond in the
old control room at 31 N. Second St. That's the old 1938 RCA console in
front of him, the GRA-Lab timer was used to talk up the songs (linked to
the "START" toggle for the cart machines - Pre-set the time and it starts
counting down when you start them). The mikes were all AKG D-1000E's.
Same sound in every room. The wire carousel rack behind Lou was for the
music. Between the mike and Lou's head you can see the Miratel "Air Alert"
Conelrad receiver, which I now have sitting in my cellar. Still works.
The beehive light below it was connected to either the inside "Must Answer"
phone line, or the door buzzer. Can't remember which any more. Above the
Miratel were 2 ATC 19 inch rack-mount cart machines. There were 3 others
on the opposite side of the console. The rack-mount cart bin behind Lou
held the jingles and special purpose carts. Above that was the air-monitor
amp (his cans are plugged into it), and above that was the studio R/R tape
deck, used for doing air-checks, and playing tapes on the air as needed.
Just about where the camera was when this picture was taken there were
2 16" RCA transcription turntables in floor cabinets. The rumble factor
in those old beasts was quite high. Then again, the acoustic properties
of the control room were pretty pathetic, and with the window air conditioner
a mere 15 feet from the operators position the noise was too loud to even
hear the TT rumble.
Rick Shockley was a freshman
at the station when this was taken. New to the staff and younger than I
care to remember. The picture was shot on the roof of the building at 31
N. 2nd St. (March 1973)
The WKBO 1972 Summer Mustang
Sprint. WFEC was giving away a Chevy Vega that year, and tossing away the
promotion by doing it very poorly on the air. Along came Alexander and
we showed them how to do a promotion properly. The "WKBO Bikini Queens",
another Alexander brainstorm, are Pat and Jackie.
This was a customized Ford
Pinto Wagon. By '77 the steam was running out of originality in promotions
and we were doing the old "Spot The Bumper-Sticker" giveaway. I drove the
car once or twice. It was a pig with a fancy paint-job. (August 1977)