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Re: WODS jingles, songs-in-a-row
Brian Anastasi wrote
> 98.5 was for a brief time WRKO-FM and was automated. In fact, there
> robot voice that said "This is ARKO, your automated robot...."
When I worked at WRKO (4/70-1/73) WROR-FM was automated. A
Gates system -a telephone-dial based controller, four AMPEX 350 Decks,
three or four Gates Cart Machines and 3 Gates 55 Cart Decks. The format
was a Drake-Chenault creation called Hitparade YY (where YY is the last
digits of the year) News & Wx were pre-recorded.
The only time they were live was when they were simulcasting "The Now
on Sunday Nights.
Prior to my arrival (April 1st, 1970), the Announcers' Union contract
for a live ID at the top of the hour. So, they placed a microphone in
jock's booth. When the automation system required an ID, it stopped,
on a red light in the jock's booth and waited. The AM jock would press
button, announce the ID and release the button - firing off the next
event. Ingenious, but clumsy. Fortunately the contract was amended.
p.s. That automation system was eventually acquired by WKVT,