mike overstreet - broadcast resume


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k x i v

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1400 am

listing kxiv on this broadcast resume is a little "iffy" but i'm going to put it here anyway because so many of my skills and so many of my broadcast friends are involved that it is truly worth of note.

first note however, despite the business card, i was never actually employed by kxiv.  i was more like a night and weekend stalker.

my time here was intermixed with my college time at kfca.  but, between the two of them i got an honest start into my profession and met many peers that would go on to become good or even great broadcasters on their own.

first i have to mention charlie underwood.  he's the guy that actually got a paycheck from the place.  he worked nights and weekends when the place was empty.  i spent a lot of time with him there, as well as others from the college and even one old high school friend.  now, for the sake of his well earned and amazing career, i won't tell you his real name but if you've spent much time on the west coast you'll have heard of the voice, lee marshall.

when i was at kino radio, marsh did a series of promos for me in the kxiv production room. 

kxiv was a beautiful facility and was built on 3 levels with solid windows facing out into the plaza of the commercial complex it was in. 

the offices were upstairs.  there was a very plush, public view announce/talk booth located on the entry level looking down on a sunken public view control room where john sage did his talk show.  the bottom floor was completely given over to production, out of view of anyone.  it is there, for the most part, that i spent my productive time at the station.

just a note.  owned by ira lavin and dick van dyke, kxiv is the roman numeral equivalent of 1400, which was the station frequency.

for much of the non prime time hours (ie: evenings and weekends) the station was one of the early adopters of broadcast automation.  this was really something to see for us turntable and microphone types.  you gotta click on this one to get the true picture of part of a standard schaefer/ampex automation system.  girl was optional.

this monster, when properly programmed, gave the station true "random select" where each tape played only one musical selection or song and a subsonic (low frequency) tone at the end of the selection would trigger the next event. this would continue with four or five tapes intermixing until the time clock of the system over-rode the music in order to insert a station id/time check or a commercial.  there were some "unfortunate" segues when a clash of musical styles occurred or when the tapes were improperly recorded so that one song would "step on" (play on top of) the one preceding it.  two of the decks were time recordings where an announcer had recorded something like "it's 10:13 at kxiv, 1400, phoenix, arizona." one deck held the tape for the even minutes and one for the odd minutes.  thus, no matter what else the machine was doing, exactly once every minute it triggered one or the other of these decks to roll off that time announce and cue up the next one. 

kxiv gave several of us a wonderful learning experience even as we continued to hope that the pd, jim spero, never caught on.

good times.


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