Saturday, April 26, 2008
The board or console at KAAY
Why is it called a board or console?
Beats me. We all spent many hours behind this board and I'm not sure when it was taken out of service. It worked great. Being a truly dual channel board it was more fitting for the KTHS days when they had the CBS network.
It did come in handy to record a show while something else was on the air. I.E. During the religious block, I often recorded Stan's Record Shop, to play back at 11 PM.
In those days of course. everything was analog. We used a lot of Ampexes except for George in the newsroom preferred an old Magnacorder. If you look closely at the picture of him below, (scroll down several posts) you can see it and some ITC cartridge machines.
Most of the equipment used vacuum tubes. They did have a nice warm sound. Now days, folks pay premium bucks for an RCA 77 D microphone. I have one I'll sell for premium bucks. (No, it did not come from KAAY) I see tube amps and preamps also going for big bucks. Guess solid state is not as great as everyone thought.