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June 05, 2008

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WmMBerger

I was one of those who broadcast for a few hours from the transmitter site that day, armed with only a cassette deck and a mic. I was seated inches away from a huge, open-backed rack of broadcast gear. When then WFMU engineer Chuck Russo was getting me set up, he said, "See that. 40,000 volts. Don't touch." Those were revolutionary times for the station, and I miss 'em like hell.

WmMBerger

Or am I thinking of another time in the 80s when the transmitter went out? Ken?

Devon

I wish I was there for that! Sounds totally cool! Any recordings available of the performance? That might sound a bit unique, considering the change in acoustics and mood of the band. I'd like to know how the DJ explained the dead air to listeners too

Dale Hazelton

Cool. Can anybody do that? What's the address of that diner?

hyena sparerib

Hey I just figured out you can open two winamp streams at once. Fabio plus Seven Second Delay! you got peanut butter in my chocolate!!

this is transmitter related, esp. since they're talking about broadcasting on 7-sec

Rob Weisberg

To answer Devon's question, nope, we couldn't tape it there and no tape has ever turned up. The world was a lot less thoroughly documented in those days. I can't remember if I made any witty statements about the dead air or being in the parking lot of the Mt. Fuji steak house. Of course I could say I did and nobody could ever prove otherwise. Ah, those were the days...

tarafireball

I love the drawing by Danny Hellman. It captures the moment. I am especially fond of Sasha with her shades, sax, purple bra and tight pants with the radio transmitting. Now I understand.

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