Do you remember?
The first Western Electric Transview FM transmitter to go on the air
was at station WELL-FM, Battle Creek, MI. The 1kW 503B-3 transmitter
was shipped to the station directly from the Fall 1946 NAB convention.
In the photo are Chief Engineer Earl Stone (left) and General Manager
This transmitter was one of a series designed for Western Electric
by industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss used lucite doors to
make the components visible to meet the public's desire to “watch
the wheels go around.” Photo courtesy of Mike Dorrough.
That was then
In 1985, Broadcast Engineering formed a panel of 10 judges to
tour the convention hall and make its selections for the first-ever
Pick Hits of the show. The Pick Hits award winners of NAB 1985 set the
trend for future award winners, and it's a tradition that continues
today. To see this year's award winners, see page 34.
The basic guidelines used that year are the same as those used today
when picking the winners: items must be new products, products must
have some positive impact on the everyday work of the user, products
must offer an improvement in current technology, prices of products
must be within reach of their intended users, and the products must be
available for purchase.
The radio Pick Hits awards winners from NAB 1985 were (in
Audio Precision System One. A computer-controlled audio test
measurement system for use in maintenance and quality control
Benchmark Media Systems DIA-1 and DOA-1A amplifiers. A
product line of differential input and output amplifiers to interface
between semi-pro/consumer equipment and broadcast equipment.
Gentner Engineering EFT-1000. A telephone interface system
that improves the quality of remote broadcasts through single-line
bandwidth expansion of the high and low frequency spectrum.
Harris Phase Fixer. An audio time-base corrector system
designed to eliminate audible phasing errors on stereo cartridges and
Harris SX-5A AM transmitter. An improved version of the
company's solid-state SX-5 5kW transmitter featuring the Sunwatch power
Nautel Ampfet 50 transmitter. The first totally solid-state
50kW AM broadcast transmitter to be be produced for commercial
Philips LDM 1239 transmitter. A completely solid-state FM
transmitter that featured multiple amplifier modules and duplicate
power supplies for protection against system failure.
Russco Electronics Telemote T-321. A portable two-channel
remote audio mixer for use with a dial-up telephone line.
RPG Diffuser Systems acoustical diffuser. A reflection
phase-grating acoustical diffuser for on-air and recording studios that
back-scatters sound over a broad range of frequencies with wide-angle
Sony APT-5000 series recorder. A ¼-inch analog tape
recorder with microprocessor-managed alignment and reference
Sample and Hold
Current trends in radio broadcasting
NAB Convention Attendance Continues to Decline
*Anticipated figure; official attendance has not yet been