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February 3, 2024
college's campus radio station was located in Wilder Hall, some
2,000 feet south of the field house.
used to broadcast Oberlin basketball. But students could
simply walk to the field house. If snow covered the ground and
they knew the home game would be on WOBC, they'd have an excuse not
to attend. Therefore, the only events we broadcast were those
that took place out of town.
away crew for road games consisted of two announcers and an
engineer. Once we arrived at the venue, the engineer would
locate the wires that the local phone company had prepared for us,
hook up our amplifier, and begin talking into the microphone.
Meanwhile I would find an actual telephone somewhere in the building
(this was long before cell phones). I'd place a long-distance
collect call to WOBC and confirm that they were hearing the engineer
talking. After I hung up the phone, all subsequent
communication would be one-way: from us back to the station.
an eight o'clock game, the plan was to begin broadcasting at
7:55. But how did we know that our watches were synchronized
with the clock hanging from the ceiling of WOBC's Studio A?
Most likely they were not.
when exactly should we start talking? Because of the one-way
communication, the board operator had no way to cue us You're
on, so we used my watch to count down to 7:55:00.
Listening, the operator would know when to put us on the air.
one game early in my career, I worried that if the operator switched
momentarily to audition to test our line but didn't
happen to hear anything, he'd forget about us.
for the final 85 seconds, I counted down every second to keep the
line active. It sounded something like this.
that would have been overkill. I counted down only the last 60
seconds. Nevertheless, when we returned home, the board
operator told me that listening on audition made him feel like his
console was about to blow up. For future games, I omitted the
you may have guessed, the audio to which I've linked is actually
from a 1969 movie in which something does blow up. A mediocre
British film in the James Bond spy genre, it features robotic female
assassins an excuse to give the movie a titillating title and
to feature Sydne Rome.
Girls Do aired on Pittsburgh channel 4.2 on March 6, 2010.
Surprisingly, I didn't get around to watching it until last
year. Talk about time-shifting!
see, if I can't watch a broadcast when it airs, I record it for
later viewing. Nowadays I use the DVR built into my cable
box. In olden times I used video tapes that could be erased and
reused, then DVD discs that could not. This particular disc, #226,
was filed away unplayed. One of my retirement projects is to
catalog my boxes of discs, so last year I took the opportunity to
view this movie for the first time.
can I say about it?
first victim, a senior aeronautics engineer, is sucked out of a
jetliner when an evil beauty opens the emergency exit at high
altitude. (Of course, in real life that can't happen unless
they're in a Boeing 737 Max 9 that has a few screws loose.)
noticed a few futuristic-looking objects like Super-Sonic
Transports. Eight years before the airplane known as the
Concorde entered regular service, bad guys are trying to sabotage the S.S.T.1.
the movie's producer, dreaming of robotic women who did as they were
told, had come up with the idea of a robotic maid 34 years
before the Roomba was introduced.