WMAK-Coyote McCloud-Dec 1973 (silent)





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Uploaded on Mar 11, 2011

This is an 8mm home movie I made late in December 1973. I've slowed it down and added captions.

The historic occasion was the big switchover of the 1300/WMAK Studios. We were leaving the fifth floor of the Exchange Building on Church Street, for our own new
building at 9th and Division (which was also the home of Y-107 "The Outrageous
FM" years later).

Coyote McCloud was doing the 7pm-Midnight shift. Lee Hall was the newsman on
duty (and yes, they had news even at that late hour!). As the switchover time
approached (12 midnight, I think it was), Coyote left the old studio to head out
to the new location, and I was left all by myself. I actually played the very
last song from the old studio... "White Room" by Cream. Then Coyote took over
from the new location.

In the film, you'll see the WMAK front lobby with a big "Question Man" banner.
Then, you see Coyote in the main studio. Notice the Gates cart machines, the
Collins board, the EV mic (the RCA 77 was gone, except for in the newsroom and
next to the turntables in the production room, oddly), the Western Union
synchronized clock, and the fact that almost all of the songs were on carts (one
of my jobs at the time was to transfer the vinyl records to carts).

Lee Hall is in the WMAK newsroom with the big AP wire machine behind him...
although when the news was presented on-air, a fake wire-machine sound effect
cart (on a continuous loop) was heard in the background... sounding really
"newsy"! Lee is also seen in the old WMAK production room, which has, by this
time, been stripped of several pieces of equipment to install at the new place.

When the film jumps to the new 9th & Division location, Coyote is still doing
the final part of his shift, and apparently Lee Hall takes over after that, this
time as DJ (Lee was great at both jobs).

Dropping by to see the new studios late that night are: Mike Donegan (another
terrific news and DJ talent), Gil Gilliam (a true friend to anybody who knew
him), Kevin Mooney (an engineer and son of Mooney Broadcasting owner George
Mooney), and David Tower (WMAK's primary drive-time newsman).

And finally, there's a brief glimpse of the new newsroom and production room
(lacking a board).

I hope this brings back some good memories... It sure does for me.

--Mike Bohan


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