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David Gleason Preserves Broadcast History, Tells of His Own

By Tom Vernon on Feb 18, 2015 2:15:00 PM

Every day, the cultural history of America in the 20th century is slowly slipping away. Along with it goes the history of radio broadcasting. Every time a veteran broadcaster passes away, a station discards old documents or equipment, a tower is demolished, or fire ravages a facility, a few more bits disappear forever. The process is so slow and subtle that nobody seems to know or care. Well, almost nobody. Veteran broadcaster David Gleason has made it his life's mission to preserve as much history of the radio industry as possible. In the process, he has created the web site americanradiohistory.com.

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Topics: Broadcast History

A Step into the Vintage Gear Time Machine

By Tom Vernon on Oct 1, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Most of us make the annual trek to Las Vegas in April to see all of the new tech at NAB. But if you walked down the main lobby of the convention center this year, you could also see old broadcast tech. In case you had this experience and wondered where you were, you had likely entered the vintage equipment time machine known as the Museum of Broadcast Technology (MBT).

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Topics: Vintage Radio Technology, Broadcast History

From Broadcast Engineer to Broadcast Historian

By Dave Sarkies on Jun 2, 2014 3:41:00 PM

Talk to Ed Sharpe for a while and you quickly discover a man with a wide-ranging background in broadcast and media. This extensive experience – along with a keen interest in preserving broadcast history – makes Ed a perfect fit for his current role as Archivist at the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation in Glendale, Arizona.

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Topics: Broadcast History

"This... is ConElRad"

By Clark Novak on Nov 30, 2011 1:02:00 PM

If you're old enough to remember hearing those words, you probably also remember the chill that went down your spine along with them. Intoned by a deep-voiced announcer in the most serious, low monotone possible, they were enough to send even the most self-respecting 13-year-old into duck-and-cover mode.

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Topics: Broadcast History


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