Repair of Cart Machine with Jeff Gregory

Click here for a video of the WFLI transmitter and building dated 1992 taped by Jeff Gregory.

Joe Poteet

Jeff Gregory

Cliff Hudson, Sr.


Bertha lit up (2) Photo taken by Betty Benns, 2013

Thanks to Jeff Gregory for lighting up the Western Electric transmitter again!  WFLI doesn’t use the Western Electric transmitter today, but Jeff did a great job of lighting it as it might appear back in the day.

Donald Bryson – “I miss the warmth of Bertha on a cold winter Sunday afternoon. I am, however, so thankful for not turning the blowers on and off. I may be the only WFLI DJ to be stupid enough to lock myself out of the building dealing with the blowers — TWICE. Joe was not happy about getting up in the middle of the night to let me back in the building.”

Bertha close up transmitter   Photo taken by Betty Benns, 2013

  Steve Hill – “Great pic Betty! I love these old transmitters…”

Greg (Reed) Barman – “I’ll never forget what an imposing beast that xmtr was. Every time I did the change from night power/pattern to day, I feared that if I punched the buttons too fast, it would explode and I would blow Tiftonia (and me) off the map.

P1020184 Photo taken by Betty Benns, 2013

Philip Stephen Randolph – “I always loved the warm thumping sound of that beast.”

WFLI Western Electric transmitter article  by Stanley B. Adams

Stan Adams in front of 5 kW section of 407A Stan Adams in front of 5 kW section of 407A,  by Stanley Adams

Jeff with Gates Board  Gates manual

Above, Jeff is almost finished repairing the original Gates Board that was in the control room in the early 60′s.  It will be ready for demonstration during the WFLI reunion in February 2014.

Brennan transmitter

The Brennan transmitter, photo taken by Betty Benns, 2013

We are saddened to learn of Cyril Brennan‘s passing in November of 2014.  May he rest in peace.

RCA mic

RCA Ribbon microphone, photo taken by Betty Benns, 2013

Shirley Hobbs-Myers “It hung in that small room behind the DJs room. When Nick (Smith) was on he would have me go in there to say WFLI on the air.”

Bill Miller “Shirley, that was the news booth. When a newsman was on duty, he would deliver the news from that small room. I don’t remember which microphone was in that room during my time at WFLI. This was a very popular mic for radio, TV and recording studios at one time.”

Deborah Poteet-Johnson “I remember seeing a similar mic in the production room. I used to pretend that I was singing on my own radio show when Dad allowed us kids in there!”

Kent Teffetelle “A RCA Ribbon Microphone. A 77 DX. I own one which I maintained on air at one time.”

Wfli-l01 broadcast station license record 11-8-62 Copy of WFLI Broadcasting Station License Record, provided by Stanley B. Adams

This page is dedicated to Cyril Brennan (1927-2014).  May he rest in peace.


3 responses to “Technical

  1. Ed Gale Aslinger

    The mics in air control room and production room at station sign-on were RCA 77DX which was shaped like a cylinder. I believe the mic shown here is RCA 44BX. Ed Gale

  2. Ed Gale Aslinger

    The Brennan transmitter was a 1,000 watt “home-brew” built by Cyril Brennan. It was only used if the Western Electric had a problem. In the early days the power was 10,000 day and 1,000 night and the W-E, which incidentally had served for years at WTOP Washington, DC 1500 kHz, was
    switchable between those power levels. At another time I might tell the story of a WFLI Engineer who went INSIDE the little transmitter WHILE IT WAS ON THE AIR.

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