Former Maintenance Engineer WPFB-WPBF Middletown, Ohio
by Lynn Dudley
Paul F. Braden owned 3 stations, including WPAY, Portsmouth, Ohio, and WSMJ, Greenfield Indiana. He started a subsidiary, "Musiplex," which was competition for "Muzak." He also leased subcarriers on a Columbus Ohio station, and an outlet in Florida (I think Daytona Beach). Broadcast on one of the FM's subchannels, we recorded our own master tapes on Ampex 351's, and then they were turned over to me to duplicate.
In our control room, we had 3 Scully 270 machines, of which two were alternating cuts thru a sequencer. Only at Christmas time did we run all 3 on air. The third was my playback machine to copy the masters to Ampex 351's, so 4 copies were needed from each master. I could only dupe them in "x2" as the tapes were 3 3/4 IPS, and the common speed between the Scully's and Ampex's, was 7 1/2 IPS. Also damaged/mishandled tapes were shipped back to me to splice and/or re-record.
The Scullys were a great dependable machine. I don't recall ever "throwing a loop" during any rewind or fast forwarding. We cleaned each machine after each tape with isopropyl alcohol and Q-tips.
Eventually, a Scully 280 was added in the production room, and when asked, I showed Joel Moss, (then one of our FM jocks) what simulsync was. Joel has been the production mastermind at Clear Channel's CIncinnati's WLW, WEBN, and their other stations for the past 30 years, including putting the music together for WEBN's Labor day Fireworks.
I only recall having to change a transistor, when the foil activated reverse circuity failed on one of them. Otherwise, they performed flawlessly for the time I was there. (1973-1982)