Monday, May 06, 2013

Device of the week - jingle machines

Doing a keynote about broadcast automation. And, as usual, YouTube comes up with the goods that stations have designated to the dump.

In the old days, announcers would play their own jingles. Remember WEAF in New York? Er no, neither do I. Then the American network NBC automated the chimes in what was called the Rangertone Chimeless Chimes. Only a handful of these left on the planet.

And then came the cart machine with its endless loop of tape and a self cueing device. Plug in and play....

Used to use these at Radio Netherlands in the 1980's. The carillon bells at the start of the broadcast would wow all over the place....
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