Friday, August 5, 2016

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday


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  1. Hi Guys,

    Is that an Elac Miracord turntable?



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  2. Did they have trapezoidal plinths like that? I've only seen that in adds for the HH Scott deck but I'm no encyclopedia.

    And isn't that Bobbie Gentry?

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  3. Sure is Bobbie - good pick

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  4. Bobbie Gentry was absolutely notorious in the broadcast business. (For those that don't know the story, let's just say she apparently took literally the title of a 1964 country western hit platter by Stonewall Jackson.)

    I worked as a small town combo op in small markets and later as an assistant engineer with Susquehanna in the nineties, so she was out of the business by then, but literally to a man, once I heard the story, I'd ask the oldtimers about it. They'd either knew of it from co-workers at the time,(before the "rumor" was spread) or in a couple of cases admitted being on the receiving end.

    So either it's true or there is a mass delusion that has somehow affected the broadcast industry. If true, it was certainly effective on her part-she got a lot of airplay.

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    1. Wow very interesting. I assume you mean BJ The DJ lol ... Thank you

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    2. My father was overnight on KCFX Kansas City in its first two or three years of that format, and I sold Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff over two million worth of Harris broadcast automation when I was at Gates/Harris. Small world.

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  5. I'm confused (nothing new). are we talking about Bobbie Gentry the singer or a DJ? what's the "legendary story"?

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    1. The rumor was....she got airplay by giving the DJs a, well....
      I heard that back in the eighties. That doesn't make it true though, just that it is a long standing rumor.

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  6. The rumor has been around since "Ode to Billie Joe" was released, and belongs in the same category as the Rod Stewart stomach pumping and Frank Zappa crapping on stage and Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and the Mars bar. It's hard to imagine a song less needing such "promotion"-it got immediate and intensive fan reaction when first played. By 1967, DJs played what they were told by music directors and powerful "tip sheets" like Gavin. That meant the record companies bribed the MDs and the tip sheetsters, if they bribed anyone, and they generally did it with noncash assets. But if there were any "favors" like this done it was by hired pros, NOT the talent, because the psychology of that would be devastating even if the talent agreed to it.

    There were bona fide instances of female talent (and male) performing "favors" for DJs and radio people but it was always post hoc, as it were, and usually fueled by massive substance use on everyone's part. But those were isolated and the radio people involved are not going to say a word about it because it could still be their career in a lot of cases. On the other hand, female non-air/non-management nstation people throwing themselves at male rock stars....that's a given. As long as it's off property no one cares.

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