I mistakenly posted this to the old WJMA Yahoo groups list yesterday. Since the move to groups.io a few email addresses have changed, so not everyone from the old Yahoo group would have seen this message. If this is the second time you’re getting the message, please excuse my error.
A few weeks ago, Ralph Graves contacted me to see if the WJMA archives had anything relating to a Sunday broadcast of a church service from Orange Presbyterian Church. He’s on a committee to observe the church’s 175th anniversary.
I don’t have anything specific to OPC or any other church broadcast. The best I can do is this short clip from Mark Johnson of the standard broadcast opening. http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA audio/WJMA other/Church broadcast open 1984.mp3
I replied to Ralph: "I’ve never seen anything about the beginning of the broadcasts. I'm pretty sure they were underway when I arrived in August of 1971. I have all of Arch’s “Radio Ramblins’” pieces published in the Review. He often wrote about new programs. I don’t recall any that mention the start of the Sunday church broadcasts. It’s possible John LeGarde, father of Swap Shop, would have something tucked away in his memory. I’ve copied him on this response.”
Here’s John’s reply:
Ross, you honor me by thinking I can remember intimate details about church broadcasts dating back to 1961!
Back then we used a line amp with two mic inputs and one line output; an ugly black box that, once set up, had only one feature that required attention two times per Sunday - an on/off switch.
Tapes? No! This was live stuff!
I don't recall anything that stands out as far as the Presbyterians were concerned except that they had a minister who was a ventriloquist!
There was another church, however, that was unforgettable - the minister insisted that the more microphones used, the better the broadcast. One Sunday he was pleased to see FOUR mics; little did he know that only ONE mic was live, the other three were duds. That preacher assumed that it was the best church service ever!
Sorry I can't be more helpful. If any tapes exist, they weren't produced by WJMA. In retrospect it would be nice to have a bigger and better audio history.
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