Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"WCBS-FM (NYC) installs Technics 1210 Turntable in-studio"

WCBS-FM (101.1) has gone high tech-low tech by installing a Technics model 1210 turntable in the studio for a new feature, "Turntable Tuesday."

Every Tuesday, once an hour, the revived oldies station spins actual vinyl records.

"We thought that if Bruce Springsteen can put out his latest effort, 'Magic,' on vinyl one week earlier than CD, then we should have some fun with the two entire walls of albums and 45s at our studios," said program director Brian Thomas.

So far, the station has played such rarely heard ditties as "Little Latin Lupe Lou" by the Righteous Brothers, "I'm a Man" (the 45 version) by Chicago, "Undun" by the Guess Who and "Somebody's Been Sleeping" by 100 Proof (Aged in Soul).

"The audience loves it. Some listeners actually feel that the sound is better despite hearing a few snaps, crackles and pops," said Thomas. "It has been a lot of fun to hear our talent describe the album covers and hear them cue up the records on the air."
** The above story is from 2 months ago, I just got hip to it tonight while driving home from shopping. They played the extended version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" off of a vinyl LP - complete with the pops, and surface noise. Before the song was played the DJ explained their "Turntable Tuesday" shtick. GREAT STUFF! - Ace;)

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