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Re: Swap Shop memories

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

There might have been an index card system at some point, but not when I was doing the show.

When I was doing Swap Shop, Pat Watson would bring to the control room a spiral notebook and any mail that had come in. Pat would screen the calls and signal which lines were for Swap Shop. The host (me) would take the calls and write the items in the note book as the show went along. I'm pretty sure that was the system I inherited.

Each item was numbered because people would call during the show or later in the day asking for a phone number or detail of a specific call. I recall that Pat kept the notebooks at her desk for quick reference during the day.

I don't think there were many days when I'd have to tap dance to fill time between calls. I eventually got to the point where I could quickly write "vacuum" without any thought. That was initially a tough spell for me.

I don't see any Swap Shop audio on the web site. I should do something about that. I still remember 672-2225 as a regular caller.

Ross
71-86

In casting my mind back three decades and more I recall that the Swap Shop producer wrote each item down on an index card with the seller's phone number. The cards were kept in a little green tin box for a few days so people could call and ask for the number of an item. In the evenings this duty fell to the on air announcer. Usually the process went smoothly but occasionally hearsay would result in a caller inquiring about an item that didn't exist or was substantially different than they thought or had been told.

Mark Johnson
81-84
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Re: Swap Shop memories

Mark Johnson
 

In casting my mind back three decades and more I recall that the Swap Shop producer wrote each item down on an index card with the seller's phone number. The cards were kept in a little green tin box for a few days so people could call and ask for the number of an item. In the evenings this duty fell to the on air announcer. Usually the process went smoothly but occasionally hearsay would result in a caller inquiring about an item that didn't exist or was substantially different than they thought or had been told.

Mark Johnson
81-84

Re: Swap Shop memories

Les Myers <blueberry47@...>
 

What a hoot!
Thanks!





From: Ross Hunter
Sent: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 05:05:38
To: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] Swap Shop memories
 

I put one of Les Myers' photos of the Open Air Swap Shop on the "You
might be from Orange..." page on Swap Shop. It's the second picture
from the left on this page:
<https://picasaweb.google.com/103192993386495037057/WJMASWAPSHOPAndSTUDIOSHOTS?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIOwh9q3peOePQ&feat=directlink>

Here are some of the comments.

My grandmother used to listen to the Swap Shop on WJMA. Talking was
not allowed when that was on.

My dad, Jack Samuels Jr used to make us listen in the car. Loved it!

I remember Swap Shop as a boy. Mom and Dad listened in looking for a
bargain. It was a different world back then, and definitely a better
one.

I grew up with that show on WJMA it was great

I listened religiously with my grandmother. My favorite swap of all
time was a farmer who traded 5 bushels of sweet potatoes for a used
Ford transmission.

As a kid, I remember them doing the radio Swap Shop and bingo on the
radio on WJMA.

I think I see the mood ring I lost.

I think I see that old 8 track player. Did you sell that thing on
Swap Shop ?!?!?

Ross
71-86



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Swap Shop memories

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

I put one of Les Myers' photos of the Open Air Swap Shop on the "You might be from Orange..." page on Swap Shop. It's the second picture from the left on this page: <https://picasaweb.google.com/103192993386495037057/WJMASWAPSHOPAndSTUDIOSHOTS?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIOwh9q3peOePQ&feat=directlink>


Here are some of the comments.

My grandmother used to listen to the Swap Shop on WJMA. Talking was not allowed when that was on.

My dad, Jack Samuels Jr used to make us listen in the car. Loved it!

I remember Swap Shop as a boy. Mom and Dad listened in looking for a bargain. It was a different world back then, and definitely a better one.

I grew up with that show on WJMA it was great

I listened religiously with my grandmother. My favorite swap of all time was a farmer who traded 5 bushels of sweet potatoes for a used Ford transmission.

As a kid, I remember them doing the radio Swap Shop and bingo on the radio on WJMA.

I think I see the mood ring I lost.

I think I see that old 8 track player. Did you sell that thing on Swap Shop ?!?!?

Ross
71-86

Re: from the 1930s

Clint Estes
 

Cool list!  I worked at WEHC from 1974-1977.  It is the campus radio station for Emory & Henry College.  Who knew at that time it had been around that long.
 
                                                                         Clint 


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From: Dominion Market Research To: WJMA
Sent: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 10:29 am
Subject: [WJMA] from the 1930s

 
Here's something from a little publication that Les Myers sent me.
"The RCA Radiotron Broadcast Station Directory" is probably from the
early 1930s. It's missing a cover, so the date is vague.

Only 10 cities in Virginia had stations then. A few of those calls
are still in use.
Alexandria-WJSV
Arlington-NAA
Danville-WBTM
Emory-WEHC
Lynchburg-WLVA
Newport News-WGH
Norfolk-WTAR, WPOR
Pegersburg-WLBF
Richmond-WBBL, WMBG, WRVA
Roanoke-WDBJ, WRBX

I'd never heard of station NAA, but Wikipedia has the answer...

The VLF Transmitter Cutler is the United States Navy's very low
frequency (VLF) shore radio station at Cutler, Maine. The station
provides one-way communication to submarines in the Navy's Atlantic
Fleet, both on the surface and submerged. The station began
operations in 1913 as a radio telegraphy station in Arlington,
Virginia, at a facility next to Fort Myer. Although its broadcasts
occasionally included band concerts and speeches, it was most famous
for its nightly time signals. The current Cutler Naval Station was
built in 1960 and became operational on January 4, 1961.

Here's the poem from Les' pamphlet. Apparently there were no women
announcers in those days.

Ross
71-86

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Re: from the 1930s

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

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Here's something from a little publication that Les Myers sent me.
"The RCA Radiotron Broadcast Station Directory" is probably from the
early 1930s. It's missing a cover, so the date is vague.

Only 10 cities in Virginia had stations then. A few of those calls
are still in use.
Alexandria-WJSV
Arlington-NAA
Danville-WBTM
Emory-WEHC
Lynchburg-WLVA
Newport News-WGH
Norfolk-WTAR, WPOR
Pegersburg-WLBF
Richmond-WBBL, WMBG, WRVA
Roanoke-WDBJ, WRBX

I'd never heard of station NAA, but Wikipedia has the answer...

The VLF Transmitter Cutler is the United States Navy's very low
frequency (VLF) shore radio station at Cutler, Maine. The station
provides one-way communication to submarines in the Navy's Atlantic
Fleet, both on the surface and submerged. The station began
operations in 1913 as a radio telegraphy station in Arlington,
Virginia, at a facility next to Fort Myer. Although its broadcasts
occasionally included band concerts and speeches, it was most famous
for its nightly time signals. The current Cutler Naval Station was
built in 1960 and became operational on January 4, 1961.

Here's the poem from Les' pamphlet. Apparently there were no women
announcers in those days.

Ross
71-86

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from the 1930s

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

Here's something from a little publication that Les Myers sent me.
"The RCA Radiotron Broadcast Station Directory" is probably from the
early 1930s. It's missing a cover, so the date is vague.

Only 10 cities in Virginia had stations then. A few of those calls
are still in use.
Alexandria-WJSV
Arlington-NAA
Danville-WBTM
Emory-WEHC
Lynchburg-WLVA
Newport News-WGH
Norfolk-WTAR, WPOR
Pegersburg-WLBF
Richmond-WBBL, WMBG, WRVA
Roanoke-WDBJ, WRBX

I'd never heard of station NAA, but Wikipedia has the answer...

The VLF Transmitter Cutler is the United States Navy's very low
frequency (VLF) shore radio station at Cutler, Maine. The station
provides one-way communication to submarines in the Navy's Atlantic
Fleet, both on the surface and submerged. The station began
operations in 1913 as a radio telegraphy station in Arlington,
Virginia, at a facility next to Fort Myer. Although its broadcasts
occasionally included band concerts and speeches, it was most famous
for its nightly time signals. The current Cutler Naval Station was
built in 1960 and became operational on January 4, 1961.

Here's the poem from Les' pamphlet. Apparently there were no women
announcers in those days.

Ross
71-86

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Re: another photo ID

Russ Roberts
 

The young brunette in the photo with Hooper is Jean Prichard, then of Mine Run.
On Jul 4, 2013, at 7:19 AM, Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...> wrote:

Les Myers is sending a CD of the scans. When I get it and post an
updated picture, I'll add the ID. I think we also had an ID on the
young lady.

Thanks to the BVFC. I'd love to get a current email for Jerry if you
run into John again.

Ross
71-86

The Barboursville Company of the Photo Identification Squadron has
been able to positively identify this fellow as Jerry Hooper.

<https://picasaweb.google.com/103192993386495037057/WJMASWAPSHOPAndSTUDIOSHOTS?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIOwh9q3peOePQ&feat=directlink>https://picasaweb.google.com/103192993386495037057/WJMASWAPSHOPAndSTUDIOSHOTS?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIOwh9q3peOePQ&feat=directlink>#5876068510967483090


His younger brother John was in today and made the ID. According to
John, Jerry is still in Russia and working indirectly in the oil
industry.

Mark Johnson
81-84
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Re: another photo ID

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Les Myers is sending a CD of the scans. When I get it and post an
updated picture, I'll add the ID. I think we also had an ID on the
young lady.

Thanks to the BVFC. I'd love to get a current email for Jerry if you
run into John again.

Ross
71-86

The Barboursville Company of the Photo Identification Squadron has
been able to positively identify this fellow as Jerry Hooper.

<https://picasaweb.google.com/103192993386495037057/WJMASWAPSHOPAndSTUDIOSHOTS?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIOwh9q3peOePQ&feat=directlink>https://picasaweb.google.com/103192993386495037057/WJMASWAPSHOPAndSTUDIOSHOTS?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIOwh9q3peOePQ&feat=directlink>#5876068510967483090


His younger brother John was in today and made the ID. According to
John, Jerry is still in Russia and working indirectly in the oil
industry.

Mark Johnson
81-84

another photo ID

Mark Johnson
 

The Barboursville Company of the Photo Identification Squadron has been able to positively identify this fellow as Jerry Hooper.
 
https://picasaweb.google.com/103192993386495037057/WJMASWAPSHOPAndSTUDIOSHOTS?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIOwh9q3peOePQ&feat=directlink>#5876068510967483090
 
 
His younger brother John was in today and made the ID. According to John, Jerry is still in Russia and working indirectly in the oil industry.
 
Mark Johnson
81-84
 
 

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guitar contest photo IDs

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Thanks to a Facebook group called "You are probably from Orange, VA if your remember...", we have IDs for most of the young ladies in the "Guitar Contest of the Century" photos. This page has most of them <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_74.html> as well as Hugh Darnell looking a bit like Dick Clark with the microphone.

At least two of the young ladies pictured are members of the Facebook group and helped with the identifications.

There are 11 photos in the guitar contest series.

Ross
71-86

Re: WJMA call letters (was Conversation with Arch)

Barbara Potter-Drinkwater
 

I love this, Ann...because never was there a workplace which was so much fun as WJMA!


Barbara (Willow) Drinkwater
11232 Cedar Hill Road
Gordonsville, VA 22942
434-249-6892 (cell)
540-832-3368 (home)

Believer in people passionately playing in partnership moment by moment by moment

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Harrison <annrharrison@...>
To: WJMA <WJMA@...>
Cc: WJMA <WJMA@...>
Sent: Fri, May 17, 2013 7:05 am
Subject: Re: [WJMA] WJMA call letters (was Conversation with Arch)






An unnamed source told me once, modestly, that it stood for "We Just Mess Around," but I have reason to believe he was kidding.

-- Ann Harrison
On May 17, 2013, at 6:37 AM, Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...> wrote:

(Sorry, I forgot to change the subject line with my original post.)

That would seem to be the case based on the Wikipedia information.

I do remember Welford Sherman telling me there was a problem with the
original calls he requested. Without finding and re-listening to the
tape of the conversation, I don't recall if the problem was with WJMA
or another set of calls.

Ross
71-86

I was told (can't recall by whom) back in the 60's, that WJMA call
letters were originally requested from FCC to stand for John and
Marsha Arrington. Can we confirm?
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

-----Original Message-----
From: Ross Hunter <<mailto:rossgroups%40verizon.net>;rossgroups@...>
Sender: <mailto:WJMA%40yahoogroups.com>;WJMA@...
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 20:57:20
To: <<mailto:WJMA%40yahoogroups.com>;WJMA@...>
Reply-To: <mailto:WJMA%40yahoogroups.com>;WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Conversation with Arch

How things might have been different if not for Earl Key. I found
this on Wikipedia:

WKEY began broadcasting on May 23, 1941 as WJMA with 250 watts of
power. WJMA was owned by John Arrington Jr. and his wife, Marcia. On
May 26, 1942, WJMA was sold to Earl M. Key and the callsign changed
to WKEY in 1943.

Thus "WJMA" was available in 1949 for Welford Sherman and company.

Ross
71-86

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Re: Happy Birthday

Barbara Potter-Drinkwater
 

Will always remember the fabulous birthday Arch had for...was it his 80th?
Anyway, Arch... I am on my 50th Smith Reunion up in Northampton, MA...and know that I don't feel 72, so I bet you don't feel 80 something either.
What a wonderful family you have created around you.
Looking forward to next year's Messiah at Cabell Hall.

Love, Willow


Barbara (Willow) Drinkwater
11232 Cedar Hill Road
Gordonsville, VA 22942
434-249-6892 (cell)
540-832-3368 (home)

Believer in people passionately playing in partnership moment by moment by moment

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Harrison <annrharrison@...>
To: WJMA <WJMA@...>
Cc: WJMA <WJMA@...>
Sent: Wed, May 22, 2013 1:24 pm
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Happy Birthday






Hi All,

My email address is actually annrharrison@...

(There's an "r" in there.)

Thanks!

Ann
On May 22, 2013, at 10:27 AM, Dominion Market Research <ross@...> wrote:

Today is Arch Harrison's 87th birthday. He's not following this list
as closely as he once was, but if you'd like to send a message, you
can send it to Ann at: annharrison@... or post it here.

Ann will read messages to Arch.

I sent Arch a direct message, but since he may not have seen that,
I'll say here "Happy Birthday".

Ross
71-86
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Re: Happy Birthday

Ann Harrison Walker
 

Hi All,

My email address is actually annrharrison@...

(There's an "r" in there.)

Thanks!

Ann
On May 22, 2013, at 10:27 AM, Dominion Market Research <ross@...> wrote:

Today is Arch Harrison's 87th birthday. He's not following this list
as closely as he once was, but if you'd like to send a message, you
can send it to Ann at: annharrison@... or post it here.

Ann will read messages to Arch.

I sent Arch a direct message, but since he may not have seen that,
I'll say here "Happy Birthday".

Ross
71-86
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Re: Happy Birthday (a Post Script)

Les Myers <blueberry47@...>
 

Mark, your comments about Monday at One (was the weekly host called Chairman MAO?) jingled pleasant memories in my brain about not only that program, but the whole general "sound" of WJMA when I was there. I remember hosting only a couple of MAO's; they were fun to do. In my public radio career, I enjoyed interviewing and never had an experience where blood pressures rose above the stations' frequency modulation guidelines. Points were made, questions asked and debated, but using civil tones to educate, enlighten, amuse and even entertain. I find none of that in the current atmosphere of bullhorn radio, except for local public radio newscasts.

By the way, I watched KFOR in Oklahoma City intermittently yesterday and was impressed with the in-studio hosts and the reporters in the field. They had a helicopter reporter who must do traffic reports, because he knew every foot of ground and the names of the buildings that had stood there prior to the tornado. His delivery was articulate, even-toned and informative. But the stand-in-the-debris reporters, in particular a young woman who did very fine ad-lib reports about what she was seeing and quoting the experiences of victims she had interviewed, were essentially gesture-free (I'll expound on that if anyone wishes) and nicely "down-home," as those Okies tend to be.

Les




From: Mark Johnson <rmj142@...>
Sent: Wed, 22 May 2013 22:06:20
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Happy Birthday (a Post Script)















&nbsp;









Thinking about the calmness of Arch's&nbsp;delivery&nbsp;and the overall tone of the&nbsp;"old" WJMA&nbsp;lead me to a mental comparison with what is currently available on the air. TV and Radio is filled with people shouting at each other. Even so-called news programming is often just another platform for spin and recrimination.

&nbsp;

An entirely&nbsp;different broadcasting philosophy was behind programming such as Monday At One. I don't recall ever hearing anyone shout on MAO (an admittedly unfortunate acronym but lets not shout about it). I don't recall&nbsp;"controversy" for its own sake ever being part of what MAO was about.

&nbsp;

Phil Audibert's weekly&nbsp;taped promo&nbsp;never featured red meat such as "This week on Monday At One&nbsp;Mayor Ted Carroll and Chairman Lindsay Gordon&nbsp;in a cage match!".

&nbsp;

MAO was&nbsp;about a wide array of topics many of which I suppose were at some level controversial, but these issues were&nbsp;examined with&nbsp;calm discussion,&nbsp;not a cacophony of shouting and&nbsp;character assassination. &nbsp;

&nbsp;

I'm not personally know as someone who shies away from an argument.&nbsp;A political process that features rigorous debate is one that will find the best answers, but away from the chambers of government and the political arena there is a need for&nbsp;dispassion and restraint&nbsp;when current or historical issues are considered.

&nbsp;

I doubt that anyone listening to Monday At One ever yelled at the radio or&nbsp;turned it off&nbsp;in a fit of anger. That was because the tone of the show was to enlighten, to educate, and to entertain rather than toss bombs to&nbsp;roil the populace&nbsp;and foment discord.

&nbsp;

I miss Monday At One.

&nbsp;

Mark Johnson

81-84





























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Re: Happy Birthday (a Post Script)

Mark Johnson
 

Thinking about the calmness of Arch's delivery and the overall tone of the "old" WJMA lead me to a mental comparison with what is currently available on the air. TV and Radio is filled with people shouting at each other. Even so-called news programming is often just another platform for spin and recrimination.
 
An entirely different broadcasting philosophy was behind programming such as Monday At One. I don't recall ever hearing anyone shout on MAO (an admittedly unfortunate acronym but lets not shout about it). I don't recall "controversy" for its own sake ever being part of what MAO was about.
 
Phil Audibert's weekly taped promo never featured red meat such as "This week on Monday At One Mayor Ted Carroll and Chairman Lindsay Gordon in a cage match!".
 
MAO was about a wide array of topics many of which I suppose were at some level controversial, but these issues were examined with calm discussion, not a cacophony of shouting and character assassination.  
 
I'm not personally know as someone who shies away from an argument. A political process that features rigorous debate is one that will find the best answers, but away from the chambers of government and the political arena there is a need for dispassion and restraint when current or historical issues are considered.
 
I doubt that anyone listening to Monday At One ever yelled at the radio or turned it off in a fit of anger. That was because the tone of the show was to enlighten, to educate, and to entertain rather than toss bombs to roil the populace and foment discord.
 
I miss Monday At One.
 
Mark Johnson
81-84

Re: Happy Birthday

Mark Johnson
 

Have a great birthday Arch!
 
The memory of your modulated voice and thoughtful words lingers across the years in sharp contrast to most of what is heard on TV and Radio today.
 
Mark Johnson
81-84
 
PS: Thanks to Miss Message for forwarding this!

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Subject: [WJMA] Happy Birthday
To: WJMA@...
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:27 AM



 



Today is Arch Harrison's 87th birthday. He's not following this list
as closely as he once was, but if you'd like to send a message, you
can send it to Ann at: annharrison@... or post it here.

Ann will read messages to Arch.

I sent Arch a direct message, but since he may not have seen that,
I'll say here "Happy Birthday".

Ross
71-86
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Happy Birthday

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

Today is Arch Harrison's 87th birthday. He's not following this list as closely as he once was, but if you'd like to send a message, you can send it to Ann at: annharrison@... or post it here.

Ann will read messages to Arch.

I sent Arch a direct message, but since he may not have seen that, I'll say here "Happy Birthday".

Ross
71-86
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Re: Ralph Graves celebrates 1,000

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Ralph Graves upcoming 1,000th show was the focus of a feature story in Sunday's Daily Progress.
<http://bit.ly/18XWM4z>

The anniversary broadcast is Wednesday morning.

Ross

Re: Small World Dept

Alex Formwalt
 

Ross & all,

Les' photo date annotation of new control room layout was Sep 1971 but he said the QRK was already in place when he started in Sep 1970 (year earlier).



So... perhaps the "new console" was a year old in 1971? I'll bet Les would have remembered going through a console changeout and whole studio reorientation if that had happened on his watch in 1971.



That synchs with my recollection that the old Gates board was still in place in early summer of 1970 but gone by the fall (I worked construction that summer as it paid more).



The guitar contest pictures

http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_80.html

and

http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_81.html



confirm through the window from Studio A, that the new board and orientation was complete before Aug 19, 1971 at (tape deck stand had been relocated and can be seen thru the window).



The changeout and reorientation of the control room was most likely Jul-Aug 1970. Wish I could be more precise.



Maybe Reid Harrison or Andy Lax (Aug 1970) can narrow it down and tell us about some of the challenges they faced.



Original orientation of the announcer at Spicer's Mill Road location was facing Studio A through the glass with back door behind you and lobby to the right through the other window as shown in the linked picture below. By the way, as you can see in that pic, there was a comfortable chair available, not just the stool as shown in Les' pictures (ouch - that must have been hard on the back). However, there was limited space for the cart decks which were not in use in the early 60's picture. So it made sense to reorient everything when the new console was installed (and was perhaps easier to keep existing console operating during transition).



Ross - an update for your all-time staff entries - Bob Traister was mayor of Front Royal before his passing in 2007.


Alex Formwalt 67-74



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Re: "New" QRK board. I joined WJMA in September 1970. I don't remember working with the Gates, but my notation on the back of the photo of me at the "new" board must have reflected the change that occurred within a month or two before the photo as well as the date when I took the photo.

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I'm sure I never used the Gates board. I started in late August

1971...the 23rd as I recall.

Your mention of reorienting the control room reminded me of this

picture.

<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_58.html <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_58.html>> >

The person remains unidentified, but he must be at the Gates board.

Unfortunately the angle doesn't help much.

Was Les saying September 1971 was the date the new board went into

use or just that it was new when he took the picture?

Ross

71-86

You must have arrived just after it had been installed and the
studio reoriented - you missed the old Gates era.
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Subject: Re: [WJMA] Small World Dept
The QRK board was in use when I started in late August, 1971.
Ross
I just found a print that I made from one of the negatives that I
scanned and posted for the WJMA group. It's of me sitting on the
stool (the control room one) facing the camera. I had written on the
back of the print: "The new board and control room setup. WJMA-
September 1971. 6:15 am"
Ah, sure loved those Ampex tape decks.
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Alex,
Bill Hager has called to say he replaced the old DeVivi's era board
with the QRK board. He remembers that the old board was a Gates, but
he doesn't recall the model. He doesn't think he has any pictures of
the front. He thinks he did the swap out in 1963 or 64.
Ross
71-86
Ross and all,
After reading Ross' note below about the Gates board, I did some research.
The original console from Devivi's was moved to the Spicer's Mill Road
location and still operating when I started working there in 1967 (changed
out in '69 or '70?).
I thought if I could locate a picture, I could recognize it. After all,
Gates produced a limited number of consoles.
Here's a good link to a few models that are described in the "Gates Radio
Section" of a web site called "The Broadcast Archive":
<<<http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm <http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm><http:/www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm><http:/www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm> >http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm><http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm><http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/archives/hardware/gates-st.htm
And here's a good link to old catalogues where I found many of the equipment
we had in the Spicer's Mill Road location in the 1960's:
<<<http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm>http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm>http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm>http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm><http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm>http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm><http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm>http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Equipment_Catalogs_Master_Page.htm
See model SA-40 on page 138. The first link above lists this as a 9 pot
mono model released first in 1947, with the mic pot in the center. I'm
fairly certain this was our console, even though our console didn't have
rounded metal sides. Our console had flat sheet metal sides that never
looked to me like a factory finish - as if our engineers had machine shop
fabricated a modified enclosure for a special reason. The sides for our unit
didn't fit well and there were gaps where the face met the triangular shaped
sides. That may have been a retrofit that our engineers did to make access
to the tubes easier as later Gatesway models had the front hinged to open.
The rest of the unit matches my recollections exactly, including the shape
and color of the pot controls, the colors and locations of the face plate
areas, the center recessed VU meter, the location of the master and monitor
volume control pots and the location of the switches. None of the other
Gates consoles in the 1950s catalogues look even close.
The console that WELK in Charlottesville had in their control room when I
started working there in 1969 is in the first link, too: the "Diplomat Dual
Mono/Solid State" It was sometimes challenging to work a shift at WJMA using
the SA-40 console, and then later in the day, work at WELK or WCHV where
they had different consoles. The WELK console was a real pleasure to use
for reasons that seemed really important at the time: the pot controls were
ergonomically engineered for easy one finger manipulation AND they were
color coded by type, the studio monitor stayed on without producing any
feedback (so no headphones needed), switches made no sound when turned on or
off (completely silent - no on-air clicks), and the mic pot was slightly to
the side (so no reaching required).
Here's another web link you may find interesting:
<<<http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html <http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http:/www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http:/www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http:/www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html&gt;<http:/www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http:/www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html><http:/www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http:/www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html> >http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html><http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html><http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html>http://www.bobmayben.com/catalog.html
Check out the consoles and the Ampex tape recorder! And then check out the
Gates CB-100 turntable on the "More Stuff" side bar menu. Remember when we
had 3 of these at WJMA with their massive tone arms?
And finally, here's a link to someone who shares our passion for early radio
and invites participation from folks who share the passion:
<<<http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm <http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/help.htm><http:/www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/help.htm><http:/www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http:/www.oldradio.com/help.htm> >http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm><http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm><http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm>http://www.oldradio.com/help.htm
Enjoy the memories,
Alex Formwalt
1967-72
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Subject: [WJMA] Small World Dept
A couple of items from the Small World Department.
A few days ago I was looking for Don Ober's obituary in the Daily
Progress. Next to his name was Mildred Osina.
Mildred Osina was Tom Osina's (1979-80) mother. The obituary said she
had worked at Virginia Radio in Charlottesville. I know Gene Bossieux
often purchased supplies there for WJMA and probably WINA. Tom said
she had contact with many radio stations in Central Virginia and the
Shenandoah Valley.
Over the past few weeks I've been exchanging email with Barry
Mishkind who runs the Oldradio.com web site. He has pictures of lots
of old radio equipment. I was hoping I could identify the control
room board from when WJMA was at DeVivis. Here's a picture.
<<<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.><http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.><http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_12.
html>
The 1950 Broadcasting Yearbook said it was a Gates board and Chuck
Brown, Chief Engineer in 1954 agrees. But Chuck doesn't remember the
model and Barry Mishkind can't identify it either.
In an email, Barry mentioned that he once worked at KFI in Los
Angeles. I asked if he had ever ran into Ron Landry who started at
WJMA and worked at KFI in the mid 1970s.
Barry said Ron almost hired him, but he was a white male and not a minority.
Here's a picture of Ron Landry at WJMA and another picture of the
board in question.
<<<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.><http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.><http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_29.
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What a small world. No identity on the board yet.
Ross
71-86
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