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Photo Caption: Audio-Technica microphones are used for WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’s live broadcast, hosted by Michael Johnathon. Photo by Bob DeMattina. (This photo is property of WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use or alteration of this image is strictly prohibited.)
Las Vegas, NV 04-18-2005
NAB CONVENTION — WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is a live-audience, internationally syndicated radio show broadcast on 444 radio stations in 28 countries around the world. The show, produced at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky, is hosted by folksinger, songwriter, performer and author Michael Johnathon, and has an estimated one million listeners globally each week. Performances by artists from Roger McGuinn and the Blind Boys of Alabama to up-and-coming stars fill the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. What audiences are hearing is acoustic music in its purest, clearest state, thanks to the show’s extensive use of Audio-Technica microphones.
“What we have done with WoodSongs is create a network of partners that share our dedication to being the best and having the finest products for acoustic music in the world,” says Johnathon, citing partnerships the program has with Deering Banjos, Behringer Amps, D’Addario Strings, Intellitouch Tuners and Levy’s Leathers, which makes leather guitar gig bags. “Every company associated with the show is the absolute best at what it does, and Audio-Technica is no exception. Virtually every single instrument used in the show is acoustic, and only A-T microphones have the quality necessary to convey how good the performers and their instruments are. If you have the world’s best banjo, or guitar, or drum, why would you use anything less than the world’s best microphones on them?”
Johnathon is particularly fond of the AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic microphone. “It’s the vocal microphone that every singer on the show uses,” he explains. “It’s simply the best vocal performance microphone ever built, anywhere in the world. And every singer we’ve had on the show seems to love it as much as I do.”
Kevin Johnson is the program’s Technical Director and Chief Engineer. He runs down the key A-T microphones he uses weekly on the show and what he likes best about them:
AT4033 — “We use them for a variety of things, including crowd mics. But they really shine in an X-Y stereo configuration on bluegrass artists. It gives a bigger stereo image and really updates the sound.”
AT4041 — “A great acoustic instrument microphone. Guitars, mandolins, fiddles — it can handle them all. And like all A-T microphones, it far outperforms its price.”
AT4047 — “The 4047 is the sweet member of the 40 Series family. Where the 4033 is very in-your-face realistic, and the 4050 is flatter-sounding, the 4047 is especially good on harsh vocals and very flattering to female vocals. Warm, natural and sweet.”
AE6100 — “This one just blew me away. I’d been a Beta 58 user for years and was used to seeing clones of them. But the AE6100 is no clone — it’s more intimate sounding, warmer and it sounds like a studio microphone. An amazing accomplishment.”
AE2500 — “Another great technical achievement, and very practical. You can take this dual-element microphone and put it on a 20-inch jazz kick that has no sound hole and make it work. It’s also great on stand-up bass. It can capture the low end and the thump. In bluegrass, the bass is the drummer.”
PRO 35ax — “This clip-on microphone captures anything that moves a lot — a horn or fiddle player. It’s the industry standard for that application.”
ATM25 — “A nice punchy low end for kicks and floor toms or upright bass. Again, it sounds like three times the money. That’s something A-T is really good at.”
Johnathon is soft-spoken — he describes himself as “the show’s Garrison Keillor.” He is passionate about the quality of music that WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour presents each week. “The entire show is a labor of love,” he remarks, noting that no one — not the program’s 36-member crew or Johnathon himself — draws any salary from the broadcasts. “It’s all about the pursuit of perfection in music, and a great instrument played by a great musician through a great microphone — now that’s the ultimate perfection.”
A huge archive page of past shows is available online at www.woodsongs.com. The website gives visitors the opportunity to sample the show and actually watch the broadcast’s use of the A-T mics (stereo sound and video are offered to broadband users). The WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour program will become a national TV series in the U.S. during Summer 2005 on the new Bluehighway Television Network.
Celebrating over 40 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.
—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: www.audio-technica.com
Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth N3322 during NAB2005 in Las Vegas, NV.