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Although the focus of this site would suggest that my big radio break came when I learned to use a soldering iron, I did, in fact, spend many years in the field of broadcasting.  From rock jock to news anchor to board operator for both live and network ball games--I've done it all. My first professional gig was at WEVS-FM beginning 1990, where I spun first records, then CDs and eventually harddrive bytes.  By the time our turntables had been permanently retired, the station had come to rely primarily on computer automation for all program content outside of weekday morning and afternoon shifts.  When the station's original CD-interfaced automation was replaced with a modern, fully computerized system in 1999, I was given charge of all production and automation programming.  In other words, I made the train run.  I continued in that capacity until the station ceased to exist shortly after it was sold in 2001.  I was retained by the buyer, but then spent the worst five years of my professional life at AM and FM stations they ruin, er, run in my hometown.  I quit in the summer of 2006.

But that wasn't the end of my radio career.  Late that year I discovered internet radio.  Over a weekend spent enjoying an oldies station on iTunes, a seed was planted in the form of an idea to revive the much beloved WEVS in the form of a live-streaming internet station.  That seed grew quickly:  initial plans and research began in early December 2006 and, with some help from experts and a lot of sweating and pacing, lakeshoreradio.net went live on April 2nd, 2007.  Eventually it became clear that the station could never generate revenue sufficient to sustain itself...but not before it climbed to #1 in the rock & roll category on Live 365, a position it held for many consecutive months in 2008.

Just as I've been fascinated with broadcasting from childhood, so have I been equally fascinated with the associated gear, both for radio and TV.   


    

Take it apart . . .

     It was during my formative years that vacuum tubes disapppeared from consumer equipment.  I was twelve years old in 1976, the year RCA stopped manufacturing "renewal types"  The following year a local retailer still had a (supposedly) new tube-type clock radio on their shelves;  surely it was the last of the breed.  Eventually the big "do it yourself" tube tester was removed from the local drugstore.  By the time I got to high school, the tube was a dinosaur.  Having no particular interest in the solid-state stuff, I declined to look into any kind of electronics/technical courses.  The unfortunate consequence was that I never learned about tube circuits either.  

It's impossible to say just how old I was when I started collecting old electronic stuff.  I promptly dismantled most of the things I was given prior to age 9. (as opposed toeventually dismantling much of what I got later ;))  But the Philco 60 cathedral, Motorola 17T4 TV and open-horn Victor and VV-IX Victrola, all of which I had by age ten, survived to be pictured on this website.   Unfortunately, almost every bit of the rest of my childhood collection is gone.  Some very nice pieces that I still grieve.  With the advent of eBay, I've been able to replace some of those lost pieces, but some others are simply too expensive [wince, sob] or haven't surfaced at all.  

After a dormant period of nearly a quarter century, I was suddenly bitten by the collecting bug again.  The catalyst for this reawakening of interest was quite accidental.  While on a web search for something (I can't recall), I stumbled upon the Early Television Museum website in October of 2002.  You can visit it yourself from this site's "Links" section, and you should.  It's a collection which must be seen to be believed...possible!   Within six weeks I had visited the museum in person and have returned annually for the Early Television Conventions.

 

. . . then put it together again

If only there had been an internet when I was a kid.  Luddite that I am when it comes to electronics, I must confess that I owe the skills I have acquired to the digital miracle of the worldwide web, which brings together such vast resources of knowledge so effortlessly. In other words, I learned more about electronics in four years on the internet than in any other of my first forty years on earth.

If you want to learn about something or how to do something, all you have to do is Google it.  Like minded folks from all over the world can correspond with each other in an instant on a message board, and in that format their shared knowledge is archived.  That's the way I finally learned about electronic restoration.  About the various components, what they really do, which ones to replace and which to keep, techniques, tips...I'm still learning, but today you can read about items which were nonworking when I got them which I then made work again--just the opposite of when I was a kid.  Full circle, I guess you'd say.

Or you might say that I completed the circuit. 

DJR

 


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