Friday, November 6, 2020

WASTED Smokes Airwaves, BBQs Studio Speakers

Ne'er-do-well Dave WASTED mugging at the charred KLW microphone for a recent publicity shot.

KILLERWATT Super-Jockey WASTED's Rampage:

After completing his airshift, Dave WASTED exited KLW's fabled Brooklyn studios on Signal Hill and placed an anonymous call to Chief Engineer Sid Walker: "First off, the big speakers got a bit buzzy, then they went out on permanent smoko," said the poorly disguised voice on the phone, according to Walker, who arrived to witness smoke pouring from the transmitter shed and the charred remains of loudspeakers in Control Room A.

KLW's Engineering Staff, L-R: Sid Walker, Ed "Fitz" Fitzgerald, Chad Burger, Mike Love.
 
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pparently, WASTED's own musical selections stirred the debonair super-jockey to crank-up KLW's big volume knob beyond reason. Yet, as the smoke rose in Brooklyn, that very broadcast was being taped by an Icelandic fan listening-in on his mom's Grundig console radio. Kristj√°n Gunnarsson recorded the program on open-reel tape which he lovingly packed, then mailed to the station as an aircheck, a proof of reception, and the KILLERWATT offers you a faithful transcription of that actual sound recording here, to tickle your twittering eardrums. Use the Soundcloud player above.

Walker, leading KLW's Engineering Department, quickly substituted Control Room A's toasted Altec Voice of the Theater sound monitors with a stack of fresh industrial strength Klipsch horn speakers. "When I entered the hazy, smoke filled room," says Walker, "My eyes started to tear and I can only describe the smell as burning weasel fur."

The KILLERWATT's transmitter shed on Signal Hill, Brooklyn, still functional. Inset: KLW's Engineering Dept. now hangs brisket inside.


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