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Designed specifically for broadcast production, the Fostex Foundation 2000LS random access recorder/editor featured the speed, ease of use and audio quality of its predecessor, the Foundation 2000.
The Foundation 2000LS offered a dedicated user interface with touch-screen display, real-time operation, event-based editing, waveform display and expandability to a full Foundation 2000 at any time.
In an ad from our September 1994 issue, the unit was touted by one user as having "audio scrubbing is so clean, you'll swear you're rocking reels." This piece of equipment was advertised as costing less than $15,000 in the Fall of 1994.
In the mid-90s, digital editing technology was still in an infant stage. Dedicated workstations, such as the Foundation 2000LS, were leading the way because PC-based systems did not yet have the horsepower to provide an affordable system. Also, many users were still attached to ree-to-reel editing mentalities and preferred the familiar controller interface.
That was then
In January 1922, Bamberger's Department Store in Newark, NJ, decided to create a radio station as an indirect promotional gimmick for the store. The idea was to help sell the new wireless radio sets the store stocked.
The store got a license for the station from the Federal Wireless Commission in Washington, DC. It received a license for WOR to operate on 360 meters, powered by a 250W transmitter. With this power, the station could broadcast for several hundred miles. The studio and transmitter were located in the Bamberger's department store.
On Feb. 22, 1922, the station went on the air. On April 6, 1922, the transmitter was moved to the roof. Two 65-foot masts linked by an eight-wire antenna also improved operations. The staff functioned as engineers and air personalities and, in between, the staff sold radios.
Today, WOR is one of the active proponents of IBOC.
Source: WOR Radio: The First Sixty Years, 1922 - 1982.
Sample and Hold
Consumer Acceptance of Digital Radio
How interested are you in an automobile digital radio that provides
CD-quality sound and the ability to display information if the cost of
the digital radio was included in your monthly car papyment?
Sample base: 1,118 men and women with an even age, gender and income distribution. Source: eBrain Market Research - Digital and Satellite Radio Mini Study - March 2003.
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