I want to take my record player (hey its portable anyway) into work, hook it into the mixing board and record a sound wave of the song that Chris wrote for me, find the best looking audio soundwave (you have to be an audio geek to understand) and make that into a tattoo. I’ve always thought of…
I love this idea. If it’d be easier, you can bring the record and the turntable to my place. I have the equipment to digitize the signal.
One of the odd side effects of doing the This Robotech Thing Special celebrating 29 years of the series a little over a week ago is that one of my longstanding questions regarding my original viewing of ROBOTECH may have been answered. According to my mom, who I never thought to ask, I watched ROBOTECH at 6 a.m. on KODE-TV 12, the local ABC affiliate out of Joplin, MO.
Unfortunately, I’ve searched high and low and can find no video of a ROBOTECH commercial off of KODE, nor something like a scan from a copy of the Missouri Edition of TV Guide showing me proof in black and white, so today’s offering is a thirty-second spot from WAXA-TV 40 out of Anderson, South Carolina of approximately the same vintage. As a bonus, the person who posted it gave me a shout-out in the description on YouTube, which is cool, at least to me.
I don’t know if a “golden age” of syndicated high-frequency television has been established yet. If it hasn’t, then my vote for this accolade will always go to the 1980’s. Especially to the years before these channels began to broadcast more popular shows (starting with Star Trek: TNG) and their operating budgets were so low that their in-house productions were lovable simply for the sake of sheer unpolished charm.
I watched Robotech originally on WPWR-TV channel 60 (later to become channel 50) when the show first aired. WPWR’s transmitter was (and may still be?) in Aurora, IL but the station conducted its business out of a high-rise in downtown Chicago (I got to visit it once but that’s a story for another time). WPWR was fortunate to be carried by many of Chicagoland’s cable systems back in the day, thus expanding its reach considerably.
Because of that, there were many obsessives (including myself) recording A LOT of local television and a great deal of that footage has been uploaded to YouTube. This video shows a complete run of commercials going out of Voltron into Robotech. There’s some station promos and vintage ads of the day. There’s quite a bit of this on YouTube. You can search for things like “WPWR Robotech” or just go to fuzzymemories.tv.