> >>> FWIW, I was running automated radio stations 50 years ago.
> >> Yup, been there, done that. WKMI-AM / WSEO-FM, Kalamazoo, in 1966 and
> >> 1967.
> >> A couple of "vertical cart machines" that held 20 or 30 carts run by a
> >> big lead***(can't remember the mfr) for the spots and several Ampex
> >> 350 decks with 15 inch reels for the music.
> >> AM programming ended at midnight, switched over to simulcasting AM and
> >> FM, locked the door at midnight and me and the AM jock went out for a
> >> beer. It ran unattended until the morning staff came in around 5 or 6 AM.
> >> Not really sure how it handled broken carts or tapes. I was a University
> >> engineering student full-time during the day, worked until midnight,
> >> then went to bed, so never actually listened to it. IIRC, the overnight
> >> program was the "Dolly Holiday" show sponsored by...Holiday Inn. Daytime
> >> programming was "elevator music".
> >> Most of my duties had to do with the AM side of the shop -- transmitter
> >> readings, recording air checks, base current readings, changing the
> >> pattern at sunset and of course doing my school homework. The only
> >> 'work' on the automated FM that I remember was changing the music tapes
> >> and occasionally loading new carts for the spots/PSAs. The person most
> >> responsible for the installation, programming and operation of the FM
> >> automation was the Chief Engineer, Chuck Gustaffson. Thanks for the job
> >> Chuck and R.I.P.
> >> Finally, the automation seemed pretty reliable considering the
> >> technology of the day.
> > It was illegal until much later to leave a transmitter unattended. ATS
> > began in the late '70s and Reagan deregged in the '80s.
> Interesting! I never would have suspected. Even though I was just a 21
> or 22 year old kid at the time, it seemed to me that the C.E. respected
> the rules and ran everything on the up-and-up.
> Do you think the Statute of Limitations has run out??? :-/
engineer on site to read meters. Some had been that way for over 20
years, in the '70s. One was in a tiny old railroad building (maybe 150
square feet) with most of the floor rotted away. They had to throw down
boards to move around and not fall into the ba***t