The 600 Reels Project

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What does one find on about 600 random reel-to-reel tapes picked up at an estate sale?

I spent a year documenting that and share those finds here.

This project has been completed. A total of 561 reels were examined. Enjoy browsing through history.

Read a feature article by Ed Kemmick about this project on the Last Best News web site: Offbeat Billings history saved, posted on the web

Reel Report

Reel Number: 001
Date Entered: 2017-05-03



Both sides of the reel contain an aircheck from KBRO Bremerton, WA. June 24, 1974. Dated by reference in news broadcast regarding Tito's visit to West Germany and the Supreme Court Jenkins v Georgia decision. There are a few edits but it sounds like mostly a continuous recording. The recording is in stereo and was recorded at 3-3/4 ips. Steve Schilling is the host. Scoped files have only the music removed.

Easy listening music.

News at 9am – President Nixon's Watergate issues; Tito visits West Germany; Puget Sound grocery clerks strike ends; commercial for Montgomery Ward.

Easy listening music.

Traffic reports.

Buy Swap and Sell Show. Announcer reads ads sent in by listeners.

News at 10am – Trident submarine; Grocery strike; Alaska ferry; weather

Easy listening music.

Job availabilities in the area.
Reel:
001
Side:
1
Item:
01
Channel:
Both
Recorded Date:
1974-06-24
Title:
KBRO scoped
Run time:
00:27:26
Play

Easy listening music continues.

News at 11:29am.

Earl Nightengale and Our Changing World – about 15 minutes of commentary

12 noon – Station ID and news; Mike Bentley reads; Nixon watergate; Trident submarine and environmental impacts; grocery clerk strike; electrical workers labor issues; US Supreme Court issues decency decision in the case of the film “Carnal Knowledge;” other local and area news; comment by listeners;

The Quarterdeck Show- Hosted by Steve Schilling interviews beauty pageant contestants. About 15 minutes of the broadcast.
Reel:
001
Side:
2
Item:
01
Channel:
Both
Recorded Date:
1974-06-24
Title:
KBRO scoped
Run time:
00:48:58
Play