At The Tone: A Little History of NIST Radio Stations WWV & WWVH

by Science Park / Field Recordings / Etc.

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about

At The Tone is the first comprehensive audio survey of NIST Radio Stations WWV and WWVH: two legendary shortwave radio broadcasters whose primary purpose is the dissemination of scientifically precise time and frequency. First issued on cassette in 1992, in a greatly expanded edition on CD in 2009, and now in a definitive deluxe download, the freshly-updated and remastered set represents a huge cross-section of the stations' "life and times," including recordings of obsolete formats, original voices and identifications, special announcements, format changes, "leap seconds," and other aural oddities from 1955 to 2017. Presented by shortwave ethnographer and public radio producer Myke Dodge Weiskopf, At The Tone is alternately strange and mundane, monotonous and compelling, erudite and obscure. Recommended for fans of The Conet Project, The Ghost Orchid, and other radio-related ephemera.

credits

released November 15, 2015

Produced by Myke Dodge Weiskopf (www.myke.me).

Principal recordings from the collection of Lloyd Matthiesen. Additional recordings contributed by Matthew Deutch, Joseph Flaska, Gary Maker, Michael Mideke, Jay Novello, Dean Okayama, and Myke Dodge Weiskopf. With thanks to Ed Cummings.

WWV 1955 recording excerpted from "High Latitude Sounds Recorded at Various Speeds: Dawn-Chorus, Swishes, Whistlers, Tweeks" by Various Artists from IONOSPHERE, Cook Records COOK05013, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. (c) 1955. Used by permission.

Contributions of text, graphics, and/or information provided by Matthew Deutch, David Howe, Joseph Flaska, Peter Q. George, Wayne Hanson, John Lowe, Lloyd Matthiesen, Fred McGehan, Glenn Nelson, Dean Okayama, and Donald Sullivan.

WWVH announcer reel transfers performed at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, CA (www.theinvisiblestudios.com). Thanks to Mark Holden. WWVH cart transfers performed at the studios of KTYM, Inglewood, CA. Thanks to Paul Wiren.

Special thanks to John C. Chapman, David Goren, Mark Schiefelbein and other members of the Fundraising Circle for their financial contributions to earlier editions of this project.

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