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Subject: SEMI-TECH:embarrassing stories
From: Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:05:27 -0400
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Even with what I call "Engineer's Ears"*, we are only human! ;) That sound was, indeed, bouncing off of everything around you, and playing havoc with your brain's direction-finding circuits! ;) The fact that the SOURCE of the sound was MOVING WITH YOU, only added to that confusion! :) So, you can let yourself off the hook on that one. :)

My "I want to DIE! NOW!" embarrassing story goes WAY BACK to the late 80's. I was live on the air at WFIF, and without warning, a small belch escaped! :o I said something like, "Oh! Please, excuse me!" finished the weather, then wanted to DIE!! ;)

Of course, on this very morning, BOTH, the President and the VP of the company (Wonderful men of God) were in the car, on their way to the station. When Dave (The VP) walked into the front door, he gave me "a look"... and I *KNEW* they heard it. Despite the fact that we all laughed, I still wanted to die. ;)

* Engineer's Ears - Trained ears, sensitive to even the tiniest abnormality in the normal aural environment... be that a tiny little beeper going-off in another room, to a faint buzz in the studio monitor, faint distortion in the on-air signal, etc. (Things that most normal people don't even notice.) ;)

(It's Friday!)

On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 3:29 AM, Allard, Mark G <MGAllard@unwsp.edu> wrote:
Once upon a time when my ears were in better shape, I was working at the station when all of a sudden, out of nowhere a high pitched tone was everywhere.  I went into the studios -- it was there.  I went into the Automation Room -- it was there.  I went into the music library -- it was there.  Until finally someone stopped me and said, "It's you!"  My pager was putting out a constant tone around 1500Hz that was bouncing off of everything and I couldn't figure out where it was coming from.  Being I thought I had good ears, that little episode pricked my pride.

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 19, 2018, at 01:15, Allard, Mark G <MGAllard@unwsp.edu> wrote:

Good story, Sherrod.  That was entertaining.

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 18, 2018, at 23:52, Sherrod Munday <smunday@ieee.org> wrote:

On Jun 18, 2018, at 11:53, Dave Land <dave@klvv.com> wrote:
(I hope the attachment comes through)

Attachment came through fine.

Brings back memories of the first station where I worked … I had my hands inside the console working with the lid up on our Autogram while the station was on-air, and my pager set to “stun" mode buzzed suddenly from an incoming page.  

Since I had previously worked for an electrician and was unfortunately familiar with the buzzing/tingling feeling of getting bitten by 120VAC, my already-heightened sense of vulnerability (since it was just about my first time working on the board while it was on the air) immediately made me think I was getting shocked because of the pager’s vibration on my waist.  

After a yelp and instinctive jump back from the console, I sheepishly looked around to see if anybody had seen my reaction…. But the coast was clear, and I got back to work once the adrenaline dissipated.

Ah, yes… old-school stuff.  <Smile>

Sherrod Munday

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