One reason for airchecks was to prove to a sponsor that his message was
properly delivered. It was legal proof, if needed.
If the commercial didn't air, no check was forthcomong.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:59 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "Aircheck" history
> Many air-check transcriptions I have heard also sound vastly superior to
> commercial records of the time. However, as can be heard on some CD
> reissues, a lot better quality was captured in the studio than make it to
> noisy-surface 78's, which may be played to death by the time someone my
> age got their hands on it. Some CD's made from clean metal parts sound
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:41 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "Aircheck" history
>> Rod Stephens wrote:
>>> Hi Tom,
>>> Here's a little more info on "aircheck" from this web site:
>>> > ... AIRCHECK
>>> > * According to some reports, the oldest existing aircheck dates to
>>> > the Armistice Day broadcast, November 10, 1923.
>>> > * Some WEAF broadcasts of the NY Philharmonic are said to predate
>>> > that slightly.
>> Most of the NY Philharmonic aircheck discs I transferred were from
>> 1923 (3rd, 11th and 17th) and January and April 1924, but there was one
>> disc of
>> unknown provenance and an unidentified orchestra (not the Philharmonic,
>> according to Steve Smolian) playing the Espana Rhapsody and dated July 7,
>> These were recordings Western Electric was making in its experiments to
>> electrical recording..some of them sound excellent, by the way, with more
>> presence and more frequency range than the early commercial discs made by
>> Victor and Columbia (which had to be "safe" so as not to blast or wear
>> out on
>> the players of the day).
>>> Rod Stephens
>>> Tom Fine wrote:
>>> > What is the genesis of the term "aircheck" and how did it come to mean
>>> > "off-air recording", or did it mean something different at another
>>> > time?
>>> > -- Tom Fine
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