KROQ was the boot camp where I learned to apply the science of analog recording and mixing principles. It seemed like every week we would have a different band or artist with a different set of circumstances in our tiny 12 x 12 control room, or spread out through out the halls of the radio station. Sometimes it could be a mess on the 9th floor of 3500 West Olive ave. In this environment, there was a lot of pressure to get it right the first time, and many times we did not. That was the beauty of KROQ, however. KROQ was known as a sort of industry standard for failure in technical operations. At the same time though, it was also a proving ground for what could really work. KROQ’s two annual broadcasts, in particular, opened the door for even more interesting recording prospects. At that time, Westwood One had an exclusive contract doing all the outside recordings for CBS radio, and association with these organizations through KROQ provided me tremendous opportunities for learning and experimentation. By 2000 I was on my way to becoming a seasoned veteran, well versed in the dos and don’ts of multi-track and multi-channel mixing.
An opportunity opened at KYSR, (Star98.7,) now best known for the Star Lounge. The recording conditions at the Lounge left much to be desired, initially. Within months of my arrival, I was given the opportunity to take the Star Lounge over and began to take ownership of its recording endeavors. The Lounge gave me an opportunity to record artists in a semi-acoustic environment, one with very little emphasis on amplification or technology. It was what I called a, “Throw’n’go,” operation; artists entered the studio to sit down to play, and we recorded the results with zero ability to “fix” or enhance their performance. It was a trial by fire, but we managed to produce some fantastic recordings. As the Star Lounge’s reputation grew, so did the expectations, until what had started as a bare-bones studio set-up evolved into a complex, multi-track recording operation.
Thanks, Chuck Ide
Hi, I’m Chuck, owner/operator of JLC productions. Like most small businesses, JLC began with the idea that one guy can make a difference. In 1985 I landed my first gig with a local sound company. By 1991 I had my first job at a commercial radio station. You could say music, production, and broadcasting got into my blood early. I was hooked, even back then. In 1993 I took things further and started operating my own radio station out of my house. (I even achieved some local notoriety, only to be visited by the FCC twice, but that is another story.) From the beginning, and through it all, however, I always kept my focus on the music.