Restoration of Broadcast Equipment
I have been enjoying restoring
old radio broadcast equipment. These are the exact
models I used when I was a radio disk jockey in the 1970's. I
loved the Gates consoles with
their huge knobs and giant VU meters. Classic. The one below was
filthy with years of tobacco
smoke and tar. It smelled horrible and took hundreds of Q-tips
to clean all the little internal parts.
My goal is to restore this equipment
to factory like-new condition.
Gates Radio "Diplomat"
mono console from the mid-60's
What the Gates Diplomat board
looked like brand new at AFN Frankfurt.
Before restoration. Notice rust
from condensation since the console was purchased from a northern
All the internal cables had to be cleaned several times to remove
all the gunk.
A lot of modifications had been done over the years that had to
be un-done. I wanted it "factory".
Cleaned, painted and ready to
put back together again.
Here is a CU of the clean top
lever switches and a comparison of the dirty and cleaned switches.
40 years of goo and tobacco tar!
Ampex 440-B-2 audio tape recorder
I restored. This is a stereo 1/4" version from the 70's.
Many hits of the 70's were mastered on this model.
An Ampex 351 from the early
60s I restored to like-new condition. This is a full-track monaural
unit with all tube electronics. It sounds great!
The original heads were re-lapped and brought back to life.
More pictures of my Ampex 351,
440-2 and Gates Diplomat console.
My next project: to restore
this Gates Radio Gatesway 80 board. I used this board in the military
at AFN Kaiserslautern.
Gates Radio CB-500 turntable
with a Micro-Track tonearm. Built like a tank (notice the brass
components), it will last another 40 years!
Picture on the lower left is a "before" shot.
ITC "SP" model cart machine restored.
Electro-Voice Sentry 1 wall mount speaker, new old
stock. This speaker was in its factory crate for 30 years in storage.
I am the first purchaser.
Ampex 440B-2, AEG German recorders and mono Scully
RCA 44BX, Telefunken (Neumann) U-47 and an RCA 77DX.
These mics have all been restored to factory new condition and
The U-47 is the best recording mic ever built, IMHO.
Ampex ACE 25 video editor. I restored this from ebay
parts. It is a four VTR editor
that controls VTR through a 9-pin serial port. It will control
1" through HD VTRs.
On the left, Chuck Pharis's TK-31 and TK-30. You can
see on the table the studio monitor, video switcher and two camera
Under the table are the power supply units. This was set-up at
Chuck's house north of Los Angeles.
Here is a behind the scenes look at my project for
getting operational cameras from the 50's ready for Disneyland's
On the right, Walt opening the doors of a 31 to keep it cool.
We are going to supply the same cameras used for
the opening day telecast for Disneyland's 50th anniversary.
A model 5820A RCA Image Orthicon camera pickup tube
used in the above cameras, 3 inches in diameter and 15 inches
This is a close-up of the fine mesh copper screen
inside the tube.
Back in the days of Rock Radio, jingles
were an important part of the music flow.
The best producers of radio station
ID jingles were PAMS of Dallas.
The best jingles were done for WLS
and WABC by PAMS. My all-time favorite was the
"Solid Rock" package of
1971 for WLS, Chicago. Here is a short sample:
Park's Home Page
Park's Projects: 1999 / Park's Projects:
Fall 1999 / Park's
Projects: Spring 2000 / Park's
Projects Fall 2000/ Some small projects
Small jobs in 2002-2003
CBS's "Big Brother" / UPN's
"Chains of Love" / ESPN's
"Up Close"-"Unscripted" /
Shania Twain CBS TV Special / The Tonight Show
Roseanne Barr, The Domestic Goddess / Love
Trance / The
2003 Academy Awards / American
Idol Video Control
Disney Christmas Parade taping, 2003
Bowl 2004 and ESPN's College GameDay 2004 /
World Series in St. Louis for ESPN
My Life is a Sitcom, Video Control / ESPN Baseball World
Series 2002 / ESPN
X Games Eleven Los Angeles
Spike TV "The Club" Reality TV
show from Las Vegas/ Disneyland's
50th Anniversary Celebration technical management
2004 Emmy Awards" / An Evening At
The Academy Awards" 2005 technical management
Design and Engineering
Design & Engineering
/ Panasonic NAB99
InterOp booth/ Roseanne's
Full Moon High Tide Studios / Broadcast Equipment Restoration
EarthshipTV engineering design / Metallica's
2004 European Summer Tour Senior Video
The Post Group /
ITS Tech Retreat
Location Production and Press Events
Cozumel Cast and crew /
Cozumel Resort pictures / Cozumel
Production Stills / The Trip to Cozumel
Island of St. Martin and Hurricane Jose'
Grand Princess Cruise Ship Press
Event / Bugs Land "Flick's Fair"
Grand Opening / Disneyland
Disney's California Adventure Opening /
Some small projects /
Pearl Harbor Motion Picture World Premier
/ Tomorrowland Opening
Big Thunder taping
Editing / USA
Women's National Soccer Team / American
Idol Video Control
Tommy Chong interview /
ABC Casting Call
/ American Music Awards
/ Michael Jackson Party / Clay
Aiken HD shoot Senior Video
World Harvest Church
/ High Definition commercials / Innoventions "Healthy
U" exhibit production
Telemundo and Tower of Terror / Metallica's 2004
European Summer Tour Senior Video
Roseanne Barr Music Videos creative and
Lee Ritenour HD production Senior Video
Park Seward Info and Background
C. Park Seward Bio /
Park in military broadcasting in Germany / Park in The Rubber
TRM Reunion Concert / Park's
mic collection / Selected
company credits / Client
update history file / Candid
Video Control info
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early years: Video Park 1982-1990 / Video Park after
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