Thursday, March 17, 2016

Monte Jones - FEN 1969

Monte Jones, an amazing talent. When I went through the DINFOS I was lucky enough to have both Bob Runda and Monte Jones as instructors. Did Mr. Runda ever do an airshift anywhere? A lot of broadcasters attempted to style themselves after Monte. Something I didn't know was that FEN at the time was using a primitive automation system. The first transcription disk would run out and start the second. The newscasts were all on tape. Since the 'automation system' required someone to feed it, it's difficult to imagine what was gained over using a board operator. Maybe a lifetime job for the automation operator.

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