Audiovisual & Staging Pioneers

We were there.

[VIDEO] 70 YEARS AGO IBM INVENTS FIRST SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION SYSTEM FOR USE IN PROSECUTING NAZI WAR CRIMINALS …

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Seventy years ago this week, a simultaneous translation system invented by IBM is used to prosecute Nazi war criminals.  It is also the first time motion picture footage is used in a courtroom.

The Nuremberg executions took place on October 16, 1946, shortly after the conclusion of the Nuremberg Trials. Ten prominent members of the political and military leadership of Nazi Germany were executed by hanging: Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Alfred Jodl, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Alfred Rosenberg, Fritz Sauckel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Julius Streicher. Hermann Göring was also scheduled to be hanged on that day, but committed suicide using a potassium cyanide capsule the night before.

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How to build a business on another company’s old gear …

 

Dooley’s success in the audio business came about, in part, because of his dedication to an antiquated technology: the ribbon microphone.

READ MORE:

http://www.marketplace.org/2016/05/27/world/aea-mics-headline

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THE CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM CONTROVERSY: THE EARLY RELATIONSHIP OF MEYER, APOGEE, AND MCCUNE SOUND COMPANIES

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3,000 Altec speakers are replaced with 12 Meyer UPAs!

 

Robert Harold Schuller  (September 16, 1926 – April 2, 2015)

Robert Harold Schuller
(September 16, 1926 – April 2, 2015)

Former McCune employee, John Meyer, now on his own, refuses to paint his speakers white or remove handles to accommodate Robert Schuller’s newly built Crystal Cathedral.  Designer Ken DeLoria, also leaves McCune to start rival company, Apogee Sound. The two would be competitors for the next twenty years.

 

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Special thanks to Broadcast Rentals and AV Concepts for their generosity in providing the telephone interface equipment necessary to do this interview.

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Listen to the 23 minute interview with Apogee founder, Ken Deloria:

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STAGING PIONEERS PRESENT: THE SIXTIES

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For many of us The Sixties isn’t about the early 1960s of JFK, the British Invasion, go-go boots, or the Vietnam War.  For me, The Sixties, is the time when several audiovisual entrepreneurs got their start.  It is also the time of tremendous technology advances. We put a man on the moon!

Those days were unlike any our generation had heard of before, much less experienced. And it all sprang up so quickly.

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Highlights:

  • The birth of Sports Marketing
  • The first laser
  • The Kodak Carousel projector
  • STAGING TECHNIQUES
  • CLAIR BROTHERS
  • The audio cassette
  • The inception of hotel AV commissions (only 15% equipment only!)
  • The plasma display
  • The LCD projector
  • Par 64
  • Wynne AV (later AVW, now Freeman AV)
  • Slide programming
  • Shure SM57 and SM58
  • JACK ROOT enters the AV business
  • STAGE SOUND a.k.a. AUDIO VISUAL AMERICA (later Bauer, TAVS, Caribiner, et. al., now PSAV Phoenix)
  • COMMUNICO (later Maritz Communications)
  • AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEMS, INC. (AVS-Chicago)
  • Christian music influences the audiovisual industry (or perhaps it is the other way around)
  • ¾” U-matic video tape machines
  • The term “multi-media” is coined

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Press play to watch the 18-minute “Sixties” history of Audiovisual and Staging Pioneers:

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Come back in the Fall of 2013 to see the 1970s history of our great industry!

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JUNE 2000: AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES CORPORATION IS BORN

JACK ROOT INTERVIEW – PART 5

Do you sometimes feel like your AV business is not growing fast enough?  Why are others winning larger events and you’re stuck with tiny projects?

Young entrepreneurs should not lose heart. 

In this episode Jack Root, founder of Audio Visual Headquarters (once the country’s largest staging company and after whom most existing national AV companies are modeled), jokes about his meager beginnings. Building AVHQ took many years, long hours, and hard work.

Jack’s business did not grow overnight.    First he needed quality people to establish a reputation and then he had to convince the all-powerful Eastman Kodak Company that he was a serious player.

And if you’re still delivering equipment in your car, well … you’re following in the footsteps of the greatest AV pioneer that ever was.

Click on the icon to hear the 2-minute interview:

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Jack Root passed away in November 2011.  RIP.

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About us: Audiovisual and Staging Pioneers is an assembly of industry groundbreakers whose sole purpose is to gather information on the history of corporate audiovisual and staging.

You can find us on LinkedIn. It is a closed group. To be a member you must be able to provide documented proof that you were employed by an audiovisual production or rental company prior to 1988. You must also be available for a series of interviews and provide any photographs of historic events that you have produced.

JACK ROOT INTERVIEW – PART 4

Building a quality audiovisual company requires the pursuit of top talent.  Jack possessed the business, sales, and organizational skills, but building a world-class staging company meant that an unorthodox recruitment strategy would be necessary to lure the finest technological brainpower in the industry.  Where do you find such people? 

LISTEN TO PART 4 OF THE AUDIO SERIES: