Many a day I spent pushing tape back and forth on two reels to cue up a cut, master some audio, or splice a contest winner during the on air days. Getting that curse word closely cut out with a razor blade an angled splice block was a race against time but it was never boring.
There was something organic and pure about pulling up a fresh pancake of tape and recording something on to it which, at the time, we felt would be forever.
Obviously time and temperature have not been kind to that content and most of the valuable material has been digitally remastered. Having said that, I still have a basement full of reels that still need saving. Hopefully it’s not too late. Here’s a great article shared by fellow radio aficionado Christ Seguin.