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Re: WABC air console
>Maybe Roger Kirk can answer this one... when did WRKO
>start using carts for music? I'd thought as early as
>'68 or so, but I've come across some airchecks from
>as recent as 1971 where they were definitely playing
>vinyl (skips, scratches, cue burn, etc).
When I joined WRKO in summer of '70, they were still
using records on the air for currents and hitbounds.
B-side grooves were marked with a white china marker
to avoid airplay. There were two wire racks of current
45's - on-air and backup. They were rotated weekly.
All oldies were on cart. Currents were put on cart if:
- -> They had no copy of the record. (e.g. it was a
<whisper> "WRKO Exclusive" on reel-to-reel.)
- -> They only had one copy of the record.
- -> All but one of the styrene copies were cue-burned.
- -> The air version was edited by WRKO's Ace Editing Team.
Paul Power - if you're lurking, can you add to this?
By 1972, the playlist included a sizeable amount of Album
Cuts and whether old or current, they were all on cart. I
left in early 1973 and some time later, they went all cart.
FYI: WRKO re-wound and re-furbished their own carts. A
little chore for the techs when production was all done.