Chief Broadcast Engineer

Chief Engineers

Radio Transmitter Engineers are becoming a thing of the past. It seems like a career choice few would make in today’s Internet Age. I can’t even imagine my kids generation even knowing that this is a career choice.

Of course, in my world, I get to make believe that Radio Broadcasting is the next big thing. Call me an old soul stuck in the 1920’s …

Cod Peace Head


Full Stage with Transmitter, Engineers, Audience and Performers
On The Air!
Engineers Have It Under Control
KLAM at 1500 Watts
KLAM Live!
Big Mouth at the Mic

Kiss the KLAM
The Live Studio Audience

To commemorate the (almost) beginning of summer, I offer you Cod Peace Head Broadcasting’s Summer Beach Spectacular. Cod Peace Head, located on the quaint Maine coast in the imaginary seaside hamlet with its peaceful beach and great fishing.

Everything about Cod Peace Head is imaginary – from the “Song Ideas” to the characters, to the olde tyme radio broadcasts and call letters.

The silly double entendres are free, but believe me, I just wasted a minute or three of your valuable time!

Puppet Radio Station Transmitter

Transmitter Mock Up #1

In college I was a DJ at their very small and simple radio station WLHU (Lock Haven State College). When I was 13, I got my first Ham Radio license. I still hold the FCC call sign KY6R, but I’m no longer active. Anyway, I’ve had a life long love of radio, even though the Internet has made it obsolete.

Transmitter Mock Up #2

This song started out as a diatribe against the absolute insane political bullshit going on in the US – with Trump and his kool aid drinking Maggots bringing “sore loser” to new all time lows (hence the “clown car calliope” sound), then I said “fuck it, get yer lederhosen on and lets dance to punk oom pah pah or polka”.

For you serious synthesizer geeks – the synth used is a Buchla Easel. Yeah.

Transmitter Mock Up #2 is something I will build for the puppet theatre. I will have an old tymie radio orchestra that will go with stage I’ve built. Rather than be literal about the transmitter, I’ll use these guys, who are made of radio parts:

I will house these guys in a formal transmitter cabinet and place the old meters and some knobs so it implies a transmitter.

This will be fun. I’m back into creative mode now that my job change is now complete.

Mind Full

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A double entendre on mind filled and mind full. This song seemed to write itself in about 3 hours in my tiny desk studio.

Danger Days

Post Covid Anatomy

It funny, but I’m so used to lockdown – its like I don’t want to come out of my “safe cocoon” – even three weeks after my second shot. I will venture out and go to the gym again soon. That’s my strong defense mechanism and natural yearning for survival.

For the last three weeks, I’ve lived a horror at work. It feels “dangerous”, which is a really odd feeling to have. Like a nightmare where you feel you need to escape.

Puppet Theatre Test Shots

The stage is done

Today I turned on my LED photo lights for the first time. I just used my simple and silly phone for a bunch of test shots. Turns out, the side light from outside is really nice on the puppet stage and Proscenium.

All I need now is one little maroon drape and curtain / bunting around the stage.

I also did finish the park bench. It’s glued and drying as I write this.

Phrenology

Franz Joseph sure had some Gall

While Phrenology was a fad and pseudoscience – it is kinda cool and fun anyway. The old illustrations re very cool indeed.

Today’s song includes a “happy accident”. I didn’t care to just play a blues guitar part, so I started just “scratching” on the strings before the bridge-piece. It sure sounded cool – and I kept it as a “sort of” guitar part.

I did finish the raised stage and stage curtain uprights and rod. Tomorrow I will build a park bench – just because it can be used for many, many scenes.

Dress Rehearsal

Skull Boy and Aunt Hermine

I built the stage deck today out of two pieces of an old Ikea butcher block table top. I’ve used that table top for quite a few things – synthesizer stand, drum box easel and now the stage.

I also have the curtain rod done. The upright parts are the last of some 1/2 inch iron pipe I had laying around and a piece of aluminum from an old ham radio antenna.

I even started building a park bench where up to two puppets can sit at any one time.

I just love building these miniatures. The thought process of thinking in scale is way more fun that I had ever imagined.

Garden Art

I completed a small set of brick steps a few weeks ago

One of things I do is rebuild rock walls and steps and other garden “hard scaping”. Sure, I plant and water and trim plants – but I like the garden “architecture” part of the deal – where the hardscape then hints at where you should plant stuff.

For the last several years I use materials that are recycled – from iron I beams to wood, stone, old brick, etc

Because we have started having rolling blackouts in the fall – during high wind and fire season, I have solar garden lights out front and on my deck. When the lights go out – we aren’t in the dark.

Puppet Theatre Set Design

Imagination is the Real Journey in Life

Once I have the 8 puppet controllers built, which will be by end of this week, I can start on building scenery and props.

After that I can score music and start filming. I’m not sure if I will try stop motion, live action or a combination of both. I think before I decide, ill do a bunch of stills that explore lighting and whatnot.

As you can see, puppet theatre is an excuse for me to bridge my photography and music hobbies.