Ribbon of Rust
Produced by Art Silverman
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The man who brought magnetic audio tape recorders to the U.S., Jack Mullin,
died June 24, 1999 at age 84.
John T. "Jack" Mullin in 1950 with two "portable" Model 200
Ampex tape machines used to record ABC's Bing Crosby Show for radio.
Courtesy Paul and Eve Collier.
Mullin was a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and
stumbled upon reels of magnetic quarter-inch tape and machines in a town
near Frankfurt, Germany. He came home to America, perfected the machines,
and on November 16, 1946 demonstrated how they worked to a meeting of audio
engineers in his home state of California. Soon Bing Crosby started using
them to pre-tape his radio show for ABC. The show included laugh tracks,
which Mullin invented.
Thanks to audio engineer Don Ososke of San Carlos, CA.
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting holds the Jack Mullin Collection of
recording equipment: www.pavekmuseum.org
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