A radio show about guns? In Southern California? And Los Angeles, no less?
Yes, this is “Artillery Hour” and was heard on KABC (790 a.m.) on Saturdays at 8 p.m. Starting immediately, the program shifts to KRLA (870 a.m.) on Sundays at 8 p.m. Currently, the show, which began in 2019, will air separate editions for the two stations, but KABC’s latest show will air on July 30th. Then, it will be played exclusively on KRLA.
The program is moderated by Jeff Taverner, owner of Gunslingers Gun Shop and Gunslinger Auctions in Glendora; Co-host Mark Romano is a professor at the College of Political Science. Both shoot experts; In fact, they are both shooting champions in cowboy action.
The store opened nearly 25 years ago as a way for Taverner to make some money from selling some of his personal collection. He is very proud of the fact that he made a sale on his first day of opening, back on June 1, 1998. “Unfortunately, the sale was postponed” from background checks, he says. “But it was a sale!”
The program evolved from his publicity. He created an ad to air on KEIB (1150 in the morning) that he intentionally did a little weird and different to stand out, in the play itself. It worked, both as an advertisement and as a side career as a talk show host: the advertisement was heard by someone at KABC, who suggested he start his own program.
In the first month they forced him to pre-record the show, but he wanted to go live and persuaded KABC to let him do it. Since then, he has been able to get listener phone calls along with presenting information and interviews to help people learn about things like firearms history, safety, picking up, purchasing and making paperwork.
“I try to make the show as vibrant and enjoyable as I can,” says Taverner. “I hope to reach people on the fence and help them understand that they should not be afraid, that it’s actually fun to go shoot at ranges and competitions.”
However, politics is not allowed. “This is not a political show by any means,” he insists. “It’s going to take the fun out of it.”
This tavern is more than a firearm. In addition to being what Brian Tominaga – one of his listeners who told me about the show – described as a “walking encyclopedia of rifle and firearms history”, he is also a car collector, guitar collector and musician who has toured. With his band around the world, he later invited shows to some of the clubs in Hollywood.
It’s only an hour, but it’s a small, fun show. The reason for changing the station I was told is for the new time slot. His previous recordings are on KRLA and KABC sites (870theanswer.com and abc.com, respectively), as well as gunslingerradio.com.
High fidelity transmission
Ask almost anyone under the age of 50 if AM radio sounds good – if they even know what AM is – and the reasonable answer would be “no”. Indeed, even one of the inventors of AM radio – Amplitude Modulation – Edwin Howard Armstrong, so hated the sound of AM that he came out and invented an entirely new method of transmission: Frequency Modulation, or FM.
But what most people do not understand is that it was not loyalty, in and of itself, that caused Armstrong to return to the lab. It was a disturbance. Lightning, for example, causes AM broadcasts to explode. The problem with fidelity is quite different, though very related: in an effort to reduce interference from the atmosphere, man-made sources and nearby stations, radio manufacturers have long decided to limit the fidelity of most AM receivers by reducing audio bandwidth, or sound range, to slightly better From the sound of a telephone.
It has not always been like this. As early as 1959, WLW / New York installed a new transmitter and built new studios, the combination of which allowed them to transmit from 17 Hz to 21,500 Hz – better than typical adult hearing. For comparison, analog stereo FM transmissions transmit between 20 and 15,000 Hz.
Station management began calling WLW “the highest loyalty station in the country” when the station first launched its new facilities in January 1959. RJ Rockwell, vice president of WLW Engineering at the time told Broadcasting Magazine, “there seems to be a widespread misconception that AM stations are limited in width Their allowable bandwidth … (We have proven that) High-fidelity transmission can be performed on the AM bandwidth. “
Unfortunately, Rockwell and his associates could not do anything about the disruption, which is the kryptonite of the band AM. Modern technology can fix some of this, but cracking and static will always be a problem. So what’s the future of AM? Opinions change, and I have my own ideas. Continue to follow…