Gates, IBOC, Meters and More
Mountjoy, in his letter to the editor on Aug. 14 (Reader’s
Forum, “Walk Down Memory
Lane”), wrote that the Gates Model 51CS Studioette is so
rare, its photo isn’t found on the Internet. Fortunately for me, I
can enjoy the view from my desk!
shot from 1950 features Lee Frischknecht sitting in the control room
at what is now Utah State University.
we are celebrating our 60th anniversary at Utah Public Radio, we have
on display our original Gates Model 51CS Studioette console, dating
from our carrier current days of 1949, along with our original
American DT-4 microphone. Please find now-and-then photos attached.
photo from 1950 has Lee Frischknecht, the future second president of
National Public Radio, sitting at the controls as a member of the
Radio guild at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State
where we’ve come from yesterday is part of knowing where we will be
Friend S. Weller, CBRE
Utah Public Radio
a Fan of IBOC
Please, give me a break! This is no better than giving
iBiquity a free infomercial in Radio World (“AM
Radio, Where Do We Go From Here?”). AM was never
designed to handle digital transmission, period! All that IBOC does
is clutter and jam an already damaged AM band. AM IBOC should have
never been approved by the FCC in the first place. AM IBOC splatters
many channels down from the host frequency. It's a disaster.
Peter Q. George
on Meter Disagreement
I couldn’t agree more with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Steve
Johnson’s conclusions and contentions in “With
Meters, Don’t Agree to Disagree” (Sept. 11), which exposes
the damage that can be caused by the reliance upon audio level
indicating devices that are not what they seem.
As Mr. Johnson points out, there’s a vast difference in results
between the synchronizing of two different kinds of sound level
indicators via a steady (such as 1 kHz) tone, and then running a
program through them, only to find that the indications no longer
match each other’s.
The vu meter I described in May was designed to solve that problem in
that an indicator conforming to ANSI specs would deliver readings
identical to any other indicator that qualified as a “standard”
vu meter. A manufacturer’s declaration that his indicator is a vu
meter when it’s merely a voltmeter with a vu scale on it, or is an
array of flashing lights, is doing the user a disservice, as Mr.
Johnson found out.
Sadly, he’s forced to work with what he’s given. But as I pointed
out in “VU Meter Legacy Shines On” (May 8), he can do something
about it by adding a true vu meter to the output of each mixer and
depending upon it for reliable, uniform sound level indications
throughout his broadcast facility.
Finally, a word about so-called PPM (peak program modulation, if you
will) metering: The analog meters are actually old-style dB meters
with expanded scales. They were resurrected with the advent of rock
n’ roll music in order to catch the fast-rise-time peaks generated
by guitars and other “heavy metal” instruments (read: drums).
There is no uniformity among the various incarnations (meters and
flashing lightbulbs — either vs. each category or within a
category), of such indicators.
And it has been immediately apparent to folks like Mr. Johnson that a
principal drawback to the PPM meter is that it reads peaks and
doesn’t reveal what the bulk of the program material is doing as
long as there’s “peaking” going on.
The standard vu meter was created to solve this problem. Long may it
Beverly Hills, Calif.
for the ‘Freebie’ Advice
Thanks for the great article by Mark Lapidus in the Sept. 11 Radio
World (“Stop With the Freebies”).
We as an industry have “given it away” (whatever it is)
for too long. Reaching our listeners and readers should have a profit
motive behind it not only for our advertisers but for us, too!
Randal J. Miller
Miller Media Group