Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jim Davison and Bruce Leslie, May 11, 1996

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Overview of radio history in Ohio

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Partial Transcript: --an interview. Today is the 11th of May, 1996. I'm going to be talking to Jim Davison, who is a Cleveland radio history buff.

Segment Synopsis: Davison speaks on the chronology of radio history in Ohio, talking about the various radio stations and notable disc jockeys.

Keywords: 8ACS; Akron (Ohio); Akron Beacon Journal; Announcers; Charles Day; Cincinnati (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland: A Chronological and Documentary History, 1760-1976 (Book); Cox, Warren Harding; Crystal set; Davison, Jim; Day, Charlie; Ham radios; JAY (Radio station); Jones, William F.; KDK (Radio station); Mack, Wayne; Orchestras; Pittsburg (Pa.); Radio; Radio Hall of Fame Museum; Radio announcers; Radios, crystal; Record players; Richard, George A; Roz Furniture and Hardware Store; Television; The Plain Dealer; Towers, terminal; Transmitters; Transmitters, radio; Turntables; Vexler, Robert; WADC (radio station); WDBK (Radio station); WEBG (Radio station)City directories; WELX (Radio station); WFJC (Radio station); WGAR (Radio station); WGAR Orchestra; WGAX (Radio station); WGW (Radio station); WHK; WRW (Radio station); Wolf, Fred; Yankovic, Frankie

Subjects: Akron (Ohio); Cincinnati (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); Day, Charlie; History of science and technology; Mack, Wayne, 1924-; Music; Orchestra; Pittsburg (Lancaster County, Pa.); Plain Dealer (Firm); Radio; Record labels.; Richards, George A.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Television; WADC (Radio station : Akron, Ohio); WGAR (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); WGAR Orchestra; Wolf, Fred; Yankovic, Frank

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
00:09:55 - Jim Davison's radio memorabilia room

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Partial Transcript: There's a few of the books hanging up.

Segment Synopsis: Davison reviews the memorabilia in his collection and talks about the history of music and radio in Cleveland (Ohio). Davison goes through the various recording equipment from notable Ohio radio stations and talks about various radio stations and their history.

Keywords: Advertisements; Advertisements, Ohio Bell; Advertising; Akron (Ohio); Ampex; Ampex Corporation; Ampex Electric Corporation; Amplifiers; Andrews, Johnny; Bell Company; Blue network; Broadcast transmitter; Broadcasting; Bullets; Carroll, Gene; Chicago (Ill.); Chimes; Chrysler; Cleveland Indians (Baseball team); Cleveland Ohio Love Song (Song); Concerto in A Minor (Song); Davison, Jim; General Electric; General Electric transcription turntables; KYW VIPs; Lang Worth Recorded Music Service, the; Lennon, Jackie; Levine, Henry; Linda, Ross; Magnacord; Merchandise; Merchandising; Microphones; Morning Bandwagon Show, the (Radio program); NBC Symphony Orchestra; NBC chimes; National Broadcasting Company (NBC); National Broadcasting Company Symphony Orchestra; National Broadcasting Company chimes; Ohio Bell; Parma; Puzzles; Quaker Oats; RCA; Radio; Radio stations; Recorders, tape; Recorders, tape (models): Magnecord; Records; Red network; Reese, Carl; Rowell, Glenn; Schneider Recording; Schneider, Hank; Shrapnel; TIM; Tape machine; Tape players; The Pride of Cleveland Past (Album); Thorburn, G.N.; Toscanini, Arturo; Transcription; Transcription turntable; Transmitters; Transmitters, broadcast; Tubes; Turntables; Turntables, General Electric; Turntables, transcription; Union Trust Company; Vietnam; Vietnam War; WAKR (Radio station); WBBM (Radio station); WCAM (Radio station); WKYC (Radio station); WKYW (Radio station); WMMS (Radio station); WTAF (Radio station); WTAM (Radio station); WTAM tower; Yellow Pages

Subjects: Akron (Ohio); Ampex Corporation; Andrews, Jonathan, 1932-; Broadcasting.; Carroll, Gene; Carroll, Gene, 1898-; Chicago (Ill.); Chrysler Corporation.; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Indians (Baseball team); General Electric Company.; History of science and technology; Lang-Worth Feature Programs; Levine, Henry, 1892-1976; Microphone; Music; NBC Symphony Orchestra; National Broadcasting Company; Ohio Bell Telephone Company; Parma (Firm); Quaker Oats Company.; Radio; Record labels.; Reese, Carl, -2014; Rowell, Glenn; Schneider, Hank; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957.; Transcriptor; Union Trust Company (Cleveland, Ohio); Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; WBBM (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.); WCAM (Radio station : Camden County, N.J.); WMMS (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); WTAM (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); Yellow Pages Integrated Media Association; Yellow pages

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
00:22:14 - Moondog Coronation Ball

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Partial Transcript: He's got a big poster for the Moondog Coronation Ball, Cleveland Arena, Thirty Seven Seventeen Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio, Friday night March Twenty-First, Ten P.M. to two A.M.--(laughs)--they thought.

Segment Synopsis: Davison and the interviewer discuss the infamous Moondog Coronation Ball, which is thought to be the first rock and roll concert. Davison also talks about the history of early rock 'n' roll in Cleveland (Ohio), including a discussion on disc jockey Alan Freed.

Keywords: Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed And the Early Years of Rock & Roll (Book); Booker, Benton T.; Carnegie Hall; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Arena; Cleveland Recording; Cleveland Recording Studios; Cobbs, Danny; Davison, Jim; Dillard, Varetta; Dominoes, the (Artist); Freed, Alan; Grimes, Lloyd "Tiny"; Holliday, Johnny; Jackson, John T.; Jazz; Moondog Coronation Ball; Moondog Radio Show; Northern Ohio; Paul Williams and the Hucklebuckers (Artist); Platt, Lou; Record Rendezvous; Rhythm and Blues (R&B); Richmonds; Salasa, Joy; Schully, Donohue; Smith and Setron Printers; Tiny Grimes and his Rocking Highlanders (Artist); WGAX (Radio station); WGW (Radio station); Wesley, Bruce; Williams, Paul

Subjects: Cleveland (Ohio); Dillard, Varetta, 1933-; Dominoes (Musical group : U.S.); Freed, Alan; Grimes, Tiny, -1989; History of science and technology; Holliday, Johnny; Jackson, John T.; Jazz.; Music; Radio; Record labels.; Rhythm and blues music.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Williams, Paul; Williams, Paul, 1915-2002; Williams, Paul, 1934-

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
00:26:53 - Cleveland Ohio radio excerpts

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Partial Transcript: This is the, um--

Segment Synopsis: Davison plays a number of excerpts from Cleveland (Ohio) radio stations in the 1960s, including the Cleveland Ohio Love Song. It also includes excerpts from the radio stations WGAR and WBBM.

Keywords: Advertisements; Advertising; Bedford High School; Bosky and the Visions (Artist); Broadcast; Broadcasting; Carroll, Andrea (Artist); Carroll, Gene; Chicago (Ill.); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Cavaliers (Basketball team); Cleveland Ohio Love Song (Song); Coca Cola; Coca Cola Record Hop; Disc jockeys; Discs, metal; Discs, metal:Records, kinds of: aluminum; Discs, transcription; Everett, Betty (Artist); Good Guys, the; Holliday, Johnny; Jingles; Mack, Wayne; Marconi Award; Marconi Radio Awards; McDurie, Carl; Mileti, Nick; Music; Philadelphia (Pa.); Radio broadcasting; Radio programs; Radio shows; Radio stations; Radio transcription; Records, kinds of: acetate; Second World War; Shoop Shoop Song, the (Song); Songs; Transcription; Tubes; WBBM (Radio station); WCAM (Radio station); WGAR (Radio station); WHK (Radio station); WKYC (Radio station); WKYW (Radio station); WTAM (Radio station); WWWE (Radio station); Westinghouse; Westinghouse Electric Corporation; World War 2; World War II

Subjects: Advertising.; Bedford High School (Bedford, Ohio); Carroll, Andrea; Carroll, Gene; Chicago (Ill.); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Cavaliers (Basketball team); Coca-Cola Bottling Company United (U.S.); Disc jockeys.; Everett, Betty, 1939-2001; History of science and technology; Holliday, Johnny; Mack, Wayne, 1911-2000; Mack, Wayne, 1924-; Music; Philadelphia (Pa.); Radio; Radio broadcasting.; Radio stations.; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; WBBM (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.); WCAM (Radio station : Camden County, N.J.); WGAR (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); WTAM (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); Westinghouse Broadcasting Company; World War, 1939-1945; World war II

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
00:36:34 - The Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour

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Partial Transcript: What's this? Oh, this is the cylinder.

Segment Synopsis: Davison shows off more of his radio and music memorabilia room, including a wax cylinder recording. He also talks about 'The Mighty Wulitzer Radio Hour,' a radio program that recreates an old fashioned radio show.

Keywords: Carroll, John; Case Western Reserve; Cleveland Graphophone Company; Cleveland State University; Conrad, Robert; Cylinders; Cylinders, recording; Davison, Jim; Elwell, Herbert; Kass, Larry (Radio station); Mack, Wayne; Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour, the (Radio program); Phillips, Sam; Presley, Elvis (Artist); Records, kinds of: wax cylinders; Southwest General Hospital; Theater of the Air (Radio program); WCLB (Radio stations); WCLV (Radio station); WHK (radio station)

Subjects: Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland State University; Conrad, Robert, 1928-; Cylinder recordings.; Elwell, Herbert, 1898-1974; History of science and technology; Mack, Wayne, 1911-2000; Mack, Wayne, 1924-; Music; Phillips, Sam, 1923-2003.; Phillips, Sam.; Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977.; Radio; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Southwest General Hospital (Berea, Ohio); WCLV (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio)

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
00:41:32 - Bruce Leslie

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Partial Transcript: Alright, we are now at Bruce Leslie's house--

Segment Synopsis: Bruce Leslie, Jim Davison, and the interviewer discuss his collection of radio and recording memorabilia, including various recording equipment and audio devices. He also talks about his experiences in the recording business in Cleveland (Ohio).

Keywords: Amplifiers; Amplifiers, Fender; Amplifiers, tube; Audio devices; Audio engineering; Audio equipment; Audio recording; Better Man than I (Song); Bop Boogie (Artist); Clovers, the (Artist); Custom Trim; Davison, Jim; Ertegun, Ahmet; Fender; Fender Musical Instruments Corporation; Happy Feet Time (Song); Holly, Buddy (Artist); Knight, Terry; Leslie, Bruce; Lucky; Monclairs, the (Artist); Peddy, Dennis (Artist); Presley, Elvis (Artist); Pro Recording; Prohaska, Jim; Record companies; Record labels; Recording lathes, Presto; Rhythm Rockets, the (Artist); Rockin’ Denny and the Real Gone Guys (Artist); Sound recording; Ting-a-Ling (Song); Tubes

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; Cleveland (Ohio); Clovers (Musical group); Ertegun, Ahmet M.; History of science and technology; Holly, Buddy, 1936-1959.; Knight, Terry; Music; Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977.; Radio; Record labels.; Rhythm Rockets (Musical group : Chicago, Ill.); Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
00:47:35 - Recording in Cleveland (Ohio) / magnetic tape recording

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Partial Transcript: --a bird in it. And I don't know what it is, but it's, it's sq--it ha--it's this funny squeak.

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Jim Davison, and the interviewer discuss the recording industry in Cleveland (Ohio). The three also talk about the invention of magnetic tape recording in Germany.

Keywords: 3M; 3M Company; AEG; Air checks; American Telegraphone Company; Ampex Corporation; Ampex Electric Corporation; Amplifiers; Amplifiers, speakers; Anthony, B. R.; Armour; Atwater, Windsor; Baldwin Wallace University; Begun, Semi; Bing Crosby Enterprises; Bing Crosby Show (Artist); Brown, Dave; Brush; Brush Sound Mirror; Business; Chess Records; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Recording; Cleveland Recording Company; Cleveland recording studios; Consoles (broadcasting); Consoles (mixing); Crosby, Bing (Artist); Crystal Recording Studio; Davison, Jim; Equipment; General Broadcasting Company, Inc.; Gigax, Bruce; Hamann, Gloria; Hamann, Gloria Busse; Hamann, Kenneth; Hamann, Kenneth Richard; Hitler, Adolf; Imperial Records; Irene Road; Isoloop; Leo’s Casino; Leslie, Bruce; Liberty Records; Magnetophon; Magnétophone; Mincom division; Minnesota Mining; Mullin, Jack; O'Jays; Paper tape; Plane crashes; Poniatoff, Alexander; Poulsen, Valdemar; Poulsen, Vladimir; Radio announcers; Recorders; Recorders, tape; Recorders, tape (models): Brush BK-401 "Soundmirror"; Recorders, tape (models): Model BK-401 Soundmirror; Recorders, tape (models): Soundmirror; Recording business; Recording lathes, Presto; Recording machine; Recording studios; Recording tape, paper; Recording, disc; Recording, paper tape; Recording, remote; Recording, wire; Redwood City (Calif.); Roller heads; Schneider, Hank; Smith, Oberlin; Stand in for Love (Song); Sunnyvale (Calif.); Transcription; Transcription, radio; WBLK (Radio stations); WGAR (Radio station); WRUW (Radio station); War Department; White, Curtis; Wolf, Fred

Subjects: 3M Company; AEG-Electrolux (Firm); Ampex Corporation; Armour and Company; Audio equipment industry; Baldwin Wallace University; Begun, Semi Joseph, 1905-1995; Bing Crosby show (Radio program); Brush; Chess Records (Firm); Chess--Records.; Cleveland (Ohio); Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977; History of science and technology; Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.; Imperial Records (Record label); Liberty Records; Magnétophone; Music; Poulsen, Valdemar; Record labels.; Redwood City (Calif.); Schneider, Hank; Smith, Oberlin, 1840-1926; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Sunnyvale (Calif.); WGAR (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); White, Curtis; Wolf, Fred

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
01:06:54 - Recording equipment

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Partial Transcript: Yeah, I m--how much do you know about the chronology of Boddie's work?

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Davison, and the interviewer discuss the audio recording equipment used in Cleveland (Ohio). It starts out with a discussion on Thomas Boddie, owner of Boddie Recording in Cleveland (Ohio) and the equipment that he had at his recording studio. The three then talk about personal tape recorders. They also talk about notables from the Cleveland (Ohio) recording scene, such as Fred Wolf and Bruce Gigax.

Keywords: Acoustic; Ampex; Ampex Electric Corporation; Amplifiers, public address; Amplifiers, tube; An Afternoon with John T. Mullin (Motion picture); Analog; Aphex Aural Exciter; Audio Engineering Society (AES); Audio devices; Audiophiles; Bell Telephone Company; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Bogen; Bridgeport (Conn.); Charlotte (Mich.); Cleveland Institute of Music; Cleveland Recording; Cleveland Recording Studios; Compact discs; Converters, analog to digital; Converters, digital to analog; Cutterheads, Westrex; Cutterheads, crystal; Davison, Jim; Dictaphone Company; Digital; Flickinger, Dan; Generators, harmonic; Germany; Gigax, Bruce; Harmonic generators; Home disc recorder; Lear Siegler; Leases; Leslie, Bruce; Live performances; Microphones, Neumann; Mullin, Jack; Patents; Pentodes; Presto; RCA; RCA Victor; Record players; Recorders; Recorders, Presto; Recorders, disc; Recorders, home; Recorders, personal; Recorders, tape; Recording lathes, Scully; Recording lathes, Westrex; Recording, analog; Recording, direct to disc; Recording, disc; Recording, live; Records; Records, kinds of: long-playing (LP); Renner, Jack; Schneider, Hank; Schneider, Kay; Scully; Scully Machine Company; Scully disc recording equipment; Soundstream; Stereo; Stereophonic; Stockham, Thomas; Telarc; Telarc International Corporation; Telarc Records; Teldec; Teldec (Telefunken-Decca Schallplatten GmbH); Telzrow, Brian; Transcription; Transcription, radio; Triodes; Tubes; Turntables; Western Electric; Westrex; White, Don; Wilcox-Gay; Wilcox-Gay paper disc; Wolf Warehouse

Subjects: Amped Corporation; Audio Engineering Society; Audio equipment industry; Bell Telephone Company.; Bridgeport (Conn.); Charlotte (Mich.); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Institute of Music; Compact discs.; Dictaphone Corp.; Germany; History of science and technology; Lear Siegler, Inc.; Music; Neumann; Pentodes; RCA Corporation; RCA Corporation. Consumer Electronics; Record labels.; Schneider, Hank; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Stereophonic sound systems.; Stockham, Thomas G.; Telarc Limited; Triodes.; Western Electric Company.; Westrex (Firm)

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
01:29:24 - Les Paul and multi-track recording

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Partial Transcript: Yeah and it really--you know, it's funny, I just read um, a biography, well, Brian Wilson, from The Beach Boys, his autobiography, which is really a trip.

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Davison, and the interviewer discuss Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. They then talk about Les Paul and the invention of multi-track recording.

Keywords: Ampex; Ampex Electric Corporation; Belts, dental; Biography; Cadillac; Cadillac fly wheels; Consoles (mixing); Davison, Jim; Dental belts; Erase heads:Playback heads; Fly wheels; Fly wheels, Cadillac; Guitarists; Guitars; Leslie, Bruce; Marsalis, Wynton (Artist); Multi-tracking; Octupus, the; Overdubbing; Paul, Les; Pet Sounds (Album); Prohaska, Jim; Record heads; Recorders, tape (models): Ampex 8-track; Recording lathes; Recording, multi-track; Rock 'n' roll; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Smithsonian; Smithsonian Institute; Wilson, Brian (Artist)

Subjects: Ampex Corporation; Beach Boys.; Beach Boys. Pet sounds; Cadillac automobile.; Guitar; Lathes; Marsalis, Wynton, 1961-; Paul, Les; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Smithsonian Institution.; Wilson, Brian; Wilson, Brian, 1942-

01:35:14 - The Baker brothers

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Partial Transcript: Um, this is 11 May again, 1996. We're in Brian Telsroy's basement. I mean, sorry, Bruce, Bruce Leslie's basement.

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Davison, and the interviewer discuss the Baker Brothers of Cleveland (Ohio), who owned a radio station in 1960s that broadcast from their basement. The two also talk about the Pama family, who owned the local record pressing plant in Cleveland (Ohio).

Keywords: American Heritage Publishers; Animals, the (Artist); Baker Brothers; Baker, Bill; Baker, Larry; Boddie, Louise; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Cleveland Heights (Ohio); Connecticut; Dances; Davison, Jim; Garfield Heights (Ohio); High fidelity; Invention and technology; Leslie, Bruce; New Jersey; Pama; Pressing; Pressing plants; Pressing, record; Radio; Radio stations; Record pressing; Recording; Rolling Stones (Artist); Schneider, Hank; School dances; Schools; Telzrow, Brian; Trains; WBKR (Radio stations)

Subjects: American Heritage Publishing Company; Animals (Musical group); Baker, Bill; Baker, Larry; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Heights (Ohio); Connecticut; Garfield Heights (Ohio); High-fidelity sound systems.; History of science and technology; Music; New Jersey; Radio; Radio stations.; Record labels.; Rolling Stones.; Schneider, Hank; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
01:40:19 - Hank Schneider

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Partial Transcript: And how long have you been doing this, Bruce?

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Davison, and the interviewer discuss Leslie's career in the recording business. They also discuss recording engineer Hank Schneider, owner of Cleveland Recording Studio. Schneider specialized in polka music recording and then later transitioned into the rock music market.

Keywords: Army; Audio Devices; Cleveland (Ohio); Crystal sets; Davison, Jim; Demonstrations; Demos; Directories; Hobbies; Leslie, Bruce; Microphones; Musicians; Nipper; Pianos; Polka; Polka bands; Polka music; Presto; Radios; Radios, crystal; Recorders, Presto; Recorders, tape (models): Brush BK-401 "Soundmirror"; Recorders, tape (models): Model BK-401 Soundmirror; Recorders, tape (models): Soundmirror; Recorders, tape: Presto; Recording; Recording lathes; Records, kinds of: demo; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Schneider, Hank; Signal Corps; SoundMirror; Tone arms; Touring; Trombones; United States Army; WHK (Radio stations)

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; Cleveland (Ohio); History of science and technology; Lathes; Microphone; Music; Piano; Polka music; Radio; Record labels.; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Schneider, Hank; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Trombone; United States. Army.

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
01:45:12 - Music and radio in Cleveland (Ohio)

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, I think going back to your other question, um, I think, I think you had, uh, you had more of a local scene here after the Beatles hit.

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Davison, and Schmidt Horning discuss the music scene in Cleveland (Ohio). They also talk about several radio stations in the same area, such as WGAR and WTAM. The section ends with a discussion of Fred Wolf's trip to Germany in the mid-1950s.

Keywords: AM Radio; Akron (Ohio); Beatles, the (Artist); Case Western Reserve; Cleveland (Ohio); Davison, Jim; Disc jockeys; Exposure; FM radio; Faders; Faders, linear; Freed, Alan; Freed, James Alan; Germany; Hamann, Ken; Hamann, Kenneth; Leslie, Bruce; Linear faders; Local; MMS (Radio station); Music; New York (N.Y.); Pan pots; Radio; Radio, AM; Radio, FM; Randle, Bill; Records; Sliders; Smith, Carl; WDLK (Radio station); WERE (Radio station); WGAR (Radio station); WHK (Radio stations); WIXY (Radio station); WJW (Radio station); WKYC (Radio stations); WTAM (Radio station); Wolf, Fred

Subjects: Akron (Ohio); Beatles.; Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland (Ohio); Disc jockeys.; Freed, Alan; Germany; History of science and technology; Music; New York (N.Y.); Radio; Randle, Bill, 1923-; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; WGAR (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); WIXY (Radio station : Cleveland, Ohio); WJW (Television station : Cleveland, Ohio : 1954-1977); Wolf, Fred

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
01:49:58 - Recording lathes

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Partial Transcript: Right, right, and I, I know I don't want to keep you too long, but hey--

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Davison, and the interviewer discuss record cutting lathes, including a demonstration of a Scully recording lathe cutting The Beatles' hit 'I Saw Her Standing There.' They also discuss Bowling Green State University's collection of popular music.

Keywords: 3M Company; Akron (Ohio); Allied; Ampex; Ampex Corporation; Ampex Electric Corporation; Apollo; Apollo Masters; Audio Devices; Audio Disc Company; Beatles, the (Artist); Bluegrass music; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Boston (Mass); Bowling Green State University; British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); Brooklyn High School; Buckeye Antique Radio and Phonograph Club; California; Capitol Records; Circle Theater; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Recording; Cleveland Recording Studio; Connecticut; Davison, Jim; Discs; Discs, home recording; Edwards, Tommy; FAO Schwarz; Film scoring; Films; France; Germany; Gigax, Bruce; Graceland; Haley, Bill (Artist); Happy Feet Time (Song); Hartlob, Chris; Hinckley (Ohio); Home recording discs; I Saw Her Standing There (Song); Juke boxes; Leslie, Bruce; Long Island (N.Y.); Louis, Joe; Magic Mirror Records; Magnetophone; Magnetphon; Magnétophone; Martin, George; Minnesota Mining; Monclairs, the (Artist); Motion pictures; Movies; Mullin, Jack; Multi-tracking; New York (N.Y.); New Yorker, the; Norwood Theatre; Optical soundtrack; Osborne, Jerry; Plain Dealer, the; Presley, Elvis (Artist); Presto; Pyral; Pyral Company; Radio transcription; Randle, Bill; Record speed; Recorders, tape; Recording lathes; Recording lathes, Presto; Recording tape; Recording tape, magnetic; Recording, multi-track; Recording, optical; Recording, tape; Records; Records, kinds of: Children's; Records, kinds of: glass; Records, kinds of: home recording; Records, kinds of: vinyl masters; Records, kinds of: zinc plastic and other blanks; Rek-O-Kut; Sherk, Bill; Sound quality; Soundcraft; Soundtracks, optical; St. Michael’s Hall; Stylus; Sun Records; Sun albums series; Tracking; Transco; Transcription; Transcription, radio; Turntables; University of Akron; Vitaphone; White, Don; Wolf, Fred

Subjects: 3M Company; Akron (Ohio); Ampex Corporation; Beatles; Boston (Mass.); Bowling Green State University; British Broadcasting Corporation.; California; Capitol Records, Inc.; Cleveland (Ohio); Edwards, Tommy; France; Germany; Haley, Bill, 1925-1981; Hinckley (Ohio); History of science and technology; Lathes; Long Island (N.Y.); Louis, Joe, 1914-1981.; Magnétophone; Martin, George, 1926-2016.; Music; New York (N.Y.); Osborne, Jerry; Plain Dealer (Firm); Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977.; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Stylus; Sun Records; University of Akron; Vita phone; Vitaphone Corp.; White, Don; Wolf, Fred

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944
02:10:47 - Technology at Schneider Recording

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Partial Transcript: The thing about Schneider's which was nice and the couple times that I visited him there was, his studio, his room was very nice. It was very big and it was very nice acoustically.

Segment Synopsis: Leslie, Davison, and the interviewer discuss the audio recording technology at Schneider Recording, including a discussion on the acoustics and size of the recording studio. The three talk about the recorders that were utilized at Schneider Recording and talk about the locations of the recording business.

Keywords: Acoustics; African Americans; American Concert Tone; Amplifiers; Bands; Banks; Big bands; Boddie Recording; Boddie Recording Studio; Boddie, Louise; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Challenger, the; Coils; Cutter heads; Davison, Jim; Detroit (Mich.); England; Equipment; Fairchild; Feedback cutter heads; Fine Built Presses; Fixed loss; Grampian; Guitars; Instruments; Leslie, Bruce; Meyers, Peter; Mixing; Monaural; Monaural heads; Mono; Mother plates; Motown Records; Multi-tracking; Navy; Non-feedback heads; Osborne Building; Recorders, multi-track; Recording lathes, Presto; Records, kinds of: lacquer masters; Rek-O-Cut; Riots; Schneider, Hank; Signals; TEAC; Technology; Upright bass

Subjects: African American; Audio equipment industry; Big Band music; Cleveland (Ohio); Detroit (Mich.); England; Fairchild (Firm); Guitar; History of science and technology; Lathes; Motown Record Corporation.; Music; Record labels.; Schneider, Hank; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.4993, -81.6944