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Making vinyl records more hi-fi and less snap crackle and pop

For the past few weeks the selections on my radio show have sounded a bit better, thanks to an accessory that I found while cleaning out some drawers at home.

My trusty old Discwasher!

Such a simple ensemble of items that does a nice job of grabbing the dust and debris from the surface of the album and holding tight to it until whisked away by the small brush that nestles around the fluid bottle when stored inside the brush.

Back when vinyl was the norm at the radio station, there was always a Discwasher sitting in the main air studio, and even at some of the listening stations.  Now that the norm is the CD and the digitized library played via the computer, such things have become scarce.

I will admit that using digital delivery methods is easier when on air, there is still something special about the record jackets, the brisk caress of the Discwasher and the needle drop and back cue to get the next track ready to spin.

What you need to clear the debris and achieve sonic success.

What you need to clear the debris and achieve sonic success.


Vinyl is not just a maintenance free siding option.

After a few years away from a radio mic, outside of  a few times as a sub every now and then, I will be returning to the airways.   Starting next week, every Wednesday from 11:30AM to 12Noon on FM-91.1 WRUW I will be spinning nothing but vinyl.   The show is called ‘Vinyl is not just a maintenance free siding option.’

I am going to try to track down as much material as I can that has never been released on CD or in another digital form.  Something that will be getting a spin or two during an early show will be a few tracks from The Dinner Ladies ‘These Knees Have Seen the World’.  I played it a whole bunch when I had a show back in the late 80’s early 90’s while going to school at Cleveland State University (FM-89.3 WCSB).   WRUW does not have it in their collection, but my wife tracked it down for me a few years ago, and it is sitting safely in my basement.

So what songs or bands do you love, but have never found in a ‘modern’ media format?

The Dinner Ladies wonderful album that has never had a digital release.