[78-L] the 'deadest' consumer audio formats?

bradc944 at comcast.net bradc944 at comcast.net
Mon May 16 08:41:44 PDT 2011

I *do* know that BBC Radio 2 uses MD for some things... if you listen to Ken Bruce's mid-morning (for the UK) program(me), he does a quiz called "Pop Master". For the bonus questions, he uses snippets of tunes, and THOSE I know are on MD.  How do I know this? because one day the player wouldn't co-operate and he came very close to uttering a profanity at it, then explained to the listeners (and the poor contestant) that he had a dodgy MD player, and that the 'boffins' would be in with another one "...imminently."

I can ask one of the people I have twitter contact with at BBC R Newcastle... he also does cricket commentary for Durham County.


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From: agp <agp2176 at verizon.net>
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Subject: Re: [78-L] the 'deadest' consumer audio formats?

At 18:08 14/05/2011, BC wrote:
>You're thinking of Fidelipac cartridges... there was a big hole in 
>the bottom of the case towards the front, iirc, and that was for the 
>tape transport.  I sued to use them as well in the 70s in 
>radio.  Pain in the butt to spool up, but you learned how to 
>re-spool 8-track carts from that!

Yep -- Fidelipac. Come to think of it, we had a few explode on us 
once or twice. Not nice.

So the question is  -- what is being used now. Is it all a big 
computerised jukebox thingie? Given the lack of human touch in much 
of what is loosely called radio these days (I hate crap  like the 
various Lite-FMs, BOB, Joe , and any other name that pretend to play 
anything but don't, and things like voice tracking), I can't see much 
of a need for carts - -or human beings either :-(

Oh -- I thought that I had heard a few years back that various BBC 
local radios had gone  to mini-disc for 'jingles' and such


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