Starting in the mid 1980s, TechByter Worldwide was simply known as "that 15-minute segment Bradley and Blinn sometimes do on Sunday mornings." Over the years, it grew to consume one third of Joe's Sunday morning program. That continued until sometime in 2006 when it became a podcast and thus available to listeners not just in Ohio and parts of the surrounding states, but to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world. Cool!
I don't remember whether Joe invited me to be a guest on his show or whether I muscled my way in. At the time, WTVN was the voice of news and I was working there part time. For several years starting in 1982, I worked Sunday evenings and Monday evenings. Then I was assigned to Saturday mornings so that the same voice would be present every week.
That continued through the Taft years, Great American, and Jacor. Clear Channel is another story.
Technology Corner expanded from 15 minutes every few weeks to half an hour every other week, then half an hour every week, and finally to an hour every week. In commercial radio, though, an "hour" equates to about 17 minutes when you take out the time occupied by the commercials, news at the top and bottom of the hour, the weather every 15 few minutes, and two sportscasts per hour that were logged as 90 seconds but rarely ran less than 5 minutes each.
When Clear Channel entered the picture in the 1990s, I retired from doing the news, but continued to show up on Sunday mornings. Technology Corner continued until sometime in 2006. I had already registered a new domain name, TechByter.com, so I was prepared for the change.
Prior to 2006, my feeling about podcasters was typical of those who work in broadcast: We looked down our noses at them. If you're so good, we thought, why aren't you working in broadcast? Was I ever wrong about that! As a podcast, the program is reaching about the same number of active ears and active minds as it did when it was on the air. Maybe more.
The podcast allows you to listen at your convenience. And there's something else: Instead of having to pick the 20 to 25 minutes worth of useful information out of the chaff that is broadcast radio, when you listen to the podcast, you get the entire "hour's" worth of information in about 20 minutes.
The microphone shown in the early banner is an RCA 77dx. Nobody uses these any more, but they were wonderful microphones back in the 1960s. I used one at WCOL and, when I moved across town to WTVN, they had these microphones, too. They were everywhere in those days. You could work them close or you could work them as boom microphones.
In the 2009 banner, I replaced the microphone with a megaphone and a nod to Teddy Roosevelt's "Speak softly and carry a big stick."
In 2012, I brought the microphone back, but using a much more antiquated image. Probably, there was a good reason for this, but I don't remember what it was.
For 2013 and 2014 the RCA 77dx returned but with an Adobe Audition screen in the background.
This year, nearly everything changed. The look and feel, the site layout, graphics, and music have all been updated. The only thing that remains the same is the old guy on mic. Speaking of which, we started the year with a new microphone, too, and better soundproofing.
The microphone in the upper left corner of each page was created by Moi Cody and licensed through RGBStock. That's just one of the changes that has been put in place for 2015. A more complete description is included in the first program of the year.