Re: church broadcasts

Ross Hunter

One of the “benefits” of living close to the station. :-)

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On Jul 23, 2019, at 12:41 AM, Clint Estes via Groups.Io <Clestes@...> wrote:

Like many, I too did Sunday mornings for a couple of years.  One Sunday after arriving and signing on it began to snow quite a bit  I decided while "The Bapitst Hour" tape was playing I would go measure the snow depth and share my findings at the next break.  Well, I forgot that the door locked behind me and I left my keys in the control room  The Baptist Hour was  only a 30 minute tape (for some reason) and in 1981 no cell phones!  I had to wake John Henry Ryder and his family next door to call Ross to come let me back in.  Embarrased, cold, dead air and calls were coming in to cancel church services.  I learned my lesson that day.  Thanks for the rescue Ross Hunter!

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On Monday, July 22, 2019 Barbara Potter-Drinkwater via Groups.Io <> wrote:

Ah, the adventures of being at WJMA.
Last night at the Orange American Legion Baseball game, Moose Mallory told me about many games heard over the radio.  Bill Little certainly remembers those.
Barbara (Willow) Potter Drinkwater '77

-----Original Message-----
From: Les Myers <baroque@...>
To: wjma <>
Sent: Mon, Jul 22, 2019 1:02 pm
Subject: Re: [WJMA] church broadcasts

Probably. But he wouldn't have noticed because he was not listening to the radio...

-----Original Message-----
From: mhoffmancrook@...
Sent: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:54:08 -0400
Subject: Re: [WJMA] church broadcasts

Atch sang in he Episcopal choir. Was he singing that Sunday?
Molly Hoffman

On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 11:34 AM Les Myers <baroque@...> wrote:
I love this story. God would have smiled.

-----Original Message-----
From: andywlax@...
Sent: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:16:22 -0400
Subject: Re: [WJMA] church broadcasts

Oops. "I used to". 

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 3:13 PM Andy Lax via Groups.Io <> wrote:
 Are used to do a lot of Sunday morning shifts in the 1970s. I do not recall any of the church services being taped. 
Andy Lax
PS:   One time at the Episcopalian church, someone must've kicked the black box because the church service suddenly went out a few minutes after it started. I put on a long record, jumped into my car, drove to the church, went in through the side door and crawled across the choir area in front of the choir to fix it. Got a lot of strange looks. 

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 10:26 AM Ross Hunter via Groups.Io <> wrote:
I mistakenly posted this to the old WJMA Yahoo groups list yesterday. Since the move to 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. 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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