Music Till Dawn on WEEI
Wed Feb 27 17:47:47 EST 2008

The boards came from a Canadian company (McCurdy?) and the announcers
simply full potted everything.

How did WHDH-AM handle the union tech issue when most of the techs
moved to Needham with the changeover to WCVB? All the old Channel 5
techs were kept at WCVB but this had to create problems on the radio

Westinghouse had a messy lock out around 1975 when IBEW was thrown out
of the building one night. The issue was over portable video tape. The
station said non union could operate them and IBEW said it was union.
This was a big issue for Westinghouse because of Evening Magazine.

They finally reached a compromise...union would operate any camera
that could go live. This gave IBEW control of ENG vans. That would be
the last win for IBEW as stations have been slashing union jobs ever

On 2/27/08, A. Joseph Ross <> wrote:
> On 25 Feb 2008 at 18:42, wrote:
> > Well this didn't sit well with Westinghouse and they devised a system
> > to eliminate union jobs. The WEEI contract stated that a technician
> > must operate anything with a VU meter. So WBZ whipped up combo boards
> > with no VU meters and made the jocks run them.
> Without VU meters, how did people keep from having the levels too
> high?  An automatic limiter?  I remember VU meters at WMUA in the
> 1960s, and we used to watch them while records were playing and while
> we were talking and adjust the levels as needed.
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