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November 29, 2014

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Carts!

Cigarettes!

Hey Doug, at my first job (back in the dark ages) we played our spots on maggies, no carts. We had a rack of four maggies and below them was a rack of tapes on two-inch reels. We had to rack and cue all of the spots during the 2:15 long records.

Turntables and vinyl records!

Yes, children, back in the days of just after dinosaurs, we old farts had the ORIGINAL vinyl.. We called 'em 45s, LPs, and the really old 78s! This is a photo of those days, our legacy...

And back then we had records called electrical transcriptions, used for commercials, promos and jingles, in addition to the hits on 45. Those E.T.'s were cut on acetate disks on a recording lathe at the station. In the ultra posh studios of a Top-40 blowtorch, I held forth for five hours a night over six turntables wired to an old Western Electric board along with a mic, filter mic and reverb. We didn't have carts like KISN, but we did finally get a MacKenzie Repeater. Yep, 18 years old going border to border and coast to coast.

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