Shaun Lewis, at the final SHR Media Network studio in downtown Sacramento, with the new Arrakis board and Shure SM7B microphone, in 2018.The two original owners and creators of the SHR Media Network are no longer involved. Shaun Lewis experienced a life-changing event which devastated his life, as did various knee injuries requiring surgeries.
BZ and CLINT on the SHAT Show, in the original SHR studio.Sadly, I make this unequivocal statement: Shaun and Clint are never coming back to the SHR Media Network. We've spoken numerous times. It's not going to happen.
CLINT, BZ and SHAUN in the original SHR Media Network studio.So I had a choice. I could either crash the network, kill it, gut it, rip it out by its roots -- or I could try my best to continue SHR.
Sparta Electronics Corporation radio console mixer. I found Sparta equipment almost everywhere I went in 70s terrestrial radio, except at KFBK, which had its own custom-built board.
Custom KFBK board in the 1970s, with Joyce Krieg. Cart machines sitting on top of the board.
Same board, with announcer Ron Lyons at KFBK-AM. I worked with Ron Lyons at KFBK in the 1970s, before he went back to San Francisco with KNBR and then KCBS. Note the mic, an early version of the Shure SM7B, the five cart machines on top, master VU meter in the middle, and the cart rack storage at right.
KFBK promo for the morning drive Ron Lyons show.
This is how AM radio used to work in the 1970s, with the talent -- in this case, Donald Rose of 610 KFRC in San Francisco -- in an announce booth, and the engineer or producer in another, running the cart machines, tape decks, mics, and everything else. Look at all the carts in the revolving cart racks, and the multiple cart machines required for the show.
Don Rose's KFRC engineer, Steven Rude. Note the complexity of the board, the window, cart decks, multiple carts. This was everything but simple.
Without a good engineer or producer, you're toast. Oh, right. BZ has no producer.So this "everything is digital now" thingie is kind of confusing for an Analog Guy in a Digital World. But wait. There's more. The SHR Media Network left the downtown studio and found itself plunked down into the living room of my wife's house in South Sacramento. There, the internet, if you can call it that, "provided by" Frontier, runs at this speed.
The driveway of BZ's new house, in the first days of winter, 2021.Which means that I have to move the studio again.
Arrakis mixer on left, with BZ's gorgeous Electro-Voice RE20 microphone.Then I'm going to have to figure out if I wish to continue working with my Arrakis ARC Talk 8 Blue mixer (above), or hook up the Rode Rodecaster Pro I have sitting nearby in a box (below).
Rodecaster Pro mixer. Will it work for The Saloon if I do audio and video?That's a story for a different day.