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Re: Entercom imposes contract on AFTRA
>>At WBZ 1228 made concessions that at the time were staggering. Some
>>genius at IBEW agreed that talent could operate anything without a VU
>>meter. Suddenly VU less combo boards arrived.
>Remember seeing Arnie Ginsberg broadcasting from BZ's sundeck studio
>sometime in the late 70s. Board had no VU meters...one of the guys I was
>with asked him and that's the reason he gave. As I recall, WBZ's jocks
>ran their own boards even in the 60s. Remember there being an article in
>the Globe around 1966 that featured a picture of one of the jocks (back of
>his head...couldn't tell who it was) in front of an obviously home-made
>board with no VU meters.
WBZ jocks could do it all except set levels. They had no pots.
As BZ is a 50,000 directional station, a tech with FCC first class license
was needed 24/7 - back in the 60-70-80's. The union did not loose any
positions on this one back then.