seven second delay?
Fri Jul 14 11:35:48 EDT 2006
Bingo. A radio delay system is only as good as the producer/board-op. The
WBZ system allows the producer to edit out clips of audio or dump the entire
7 seconds of audio in the memory of the delay unit (which is standard
practice, as I was using a similar system as a producer back at WHDH in the
early 90s). If the producer, answering phones or otherwise distracted,
misses it, then the offending audio can get on the air. Then he/she has to
answer to the Program Director as to why they missed it.
Some talk set-ups will allow the host the option of hitting the "dump"
button, which gets rid of the entire 7 seconds in the delay unit, as a
back-up. Others prefer not to allow hosts the opportunity to inadvertently
screw up their show in that manner and, therefore, leave it entirely up to
----- Original Message -----
From: "SteveOrdinetz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: seven second delay?
> Donna Halper wrote:
>>Doesn't WBZ radio use a 7-second delay on its talk shows? Tonight, on Paul
>>Sullivan, around 8.25pm or so, a caller discussing the scandal surrounding
>>the Big Dig, asked why some people who used to defend Matt Amorello (the
>>head of the Turnpike Authority) now suddenly want to "shitcan" him.
>>Embarrassed silence and then the caller got cut off-- but it went over the
>>air. How did that happen?
> Sloppy board op maybe?
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