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PLAY   Johnny Williams, Ted Richards, CKLW Logger June 29 1973 Pt. 1  (01:19:17)

. . . Presented by, The Big 8 . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky. Exhibit contributed by Andy Bologovsky]

What's a Logger Tape?

Few stations made them, but some did, mostly for legal purposes. They were legal proof that a commercial played, or that the DJ or newscaster said something, or didn't. Typically, these recordings were made at 15/16 ips (inches per second) and the fidelity was hardly better than a small portable radio, even when recorded off the station's air monitor. And most of them were destroyed when the lawyers said they could be, or when they became too old to re-use. Only a few survived, like this one recovered by Charlie Ritenburg from tapes saved for over twenty years by former CKLW jock Scott Miller.
Considering the history of this recording, what you will hear on this exhibit is plainly remarkable. It was salvaged from tape never intended to save more than a faint record of a broadcast. Andy Bologovsky has contributed several of these recordings, all recovered from the original logger reels by restorian Charlie Ritenburg. This exhibit is easily comparable to an EXCELLENT recording made from a narrow-band AM receiver in the local signal area of the mighty CKLW. Infrequent tape drop-out is the only reminder that we're listening to a VERY slow speed recording, where a tiny little spot of bad tape, dust or oil can result in a half-second of audio loss. But it's simply too REEL to mess with! This is the REEL thing, the first of several CKLW logger tapes to come!

And what a treat, with Johnny Williams, followed by Ted Richards — All the spots, all the famous motor-city music mix, the radio of legend, The Big 8 - CKLW!

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