Do you remember?
We found this Collins 12H console in the lobby of WFMS Indianapolis. It was used by WFMS in its earliest years in the 1950s, before stereo. This particular console was probably purchased used by the man who put WFMS on the air. It cost $645 new — about the price of a new car in 1950. In 1936, it was state of the art.
This six-position console provided control of four microphone inputs, transcription and six incoming lines. Originally equipped with a dB meter, a retrofit kit was offered for those wishing to replace the meter with the new VU meter standard that emerged in 1937. You can operate a Collins 12H console, the oldest operating broadcast console in the world, at the Camp Shohola Communications and Technology Center in Greely, PA.
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