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Old 4th June 2007
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Originally Posted by Sigma View Post
1 thousand hertz at reference fluxivity of 185 nano webers per meter...

ohh the humanity it's years but..i think i still have dreams of that mans voice or err are they nightmares
Tell you something funny. I worked for him at Ampex as a teenager one summer in the 80's when he was doing the Ampex Video Magazine (I wrote the theme song using a dx-7, drum machine and an mm1200 the wheeled in for me, lol). The guy was Bob Day who apparently had been a known radio personality in his younger years around the Bay area and was the "voice of Ampex" as you well know. I think he did many VO's around the Bay area as well. I'm not sure if he's still with us as he was already in semi retirement back then.

I still get a kick out of it when I hear his voice on those MRL's.

P.S. here's a little bio on him I just found on the net. RIP, Bob,

Robert W. Day

Growing up in Depressionweary Oakland, California, Bob Day worked a variety of Jobs to help the family but he soon found he had an unusual gift for radio. Even as a young man, his rich bass voice commanded attention and his ability to "rip-and-read" with ease, moved him ahead of more senior announcers.

A familiar figure in Bay Area radio during the 1950s, he hosted KGO's "San Francisco Sketchbook," and later the populär "Success Story" series on live television. After that show's Ampex episode, he was lured away from broadeasting to introduce the video tape recorder with a nationwide tour in the "Ampex Video Cruiser," a 40-ft custom bus with cameras, the video tape machine, a crew of ten people and five-thousand vacuum tubes.

As the voice of Ampex, Bob Day continued as corporate story-teller, using television produced on video tape -"teleproduction"- on and off the Ampex campus for the next 35 years. Many of today's production techniques were pioneered a quarter-century ago by Day trying to tell a fresh story in the competition- charged cauldron of NAB's four-day grind. Techniques such as interactive video, quick-cut editing, synchronized multi-screen presentations... were pioneered in analog with just a typewriter, a stopwatch and what George Bush would later call, "the vision thing!"

His brand of story telling, which began on radio as just a voice in the dark, went on to illuminate television's transition from "staged" to "stored" images. It is widely acknowledged that Bob Day's work influenced other creative minds to enrich the vocabulary of video production.

On June 28, 1994, he died peacefully in his sleep. He was a loyal friend, a good guy who suffered fools with compassion. He never missed a cue and he always knew his lines.

This tribute to our friends and colleagues celebrates a triumphant time and acknowledges the continuing contributions made by Ampex alumni, everywhere. Our thanks to Tom Washburn and Pete Hammar for their assistance.