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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.

Steve Smolian

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
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 
> excellent.
>
> -- 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:
>>> http://www.oldradio.com/current/bc_1sts.htm
>>>
>>> > ... 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 
>> December
>> 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, 
>> 1923.
>> These were recordings Western Electric was making in its experiments to 
>> develop
>> 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).
>>
>> dl
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> 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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