Originally Posted by lokar
This brought back a lot of bad memories as I did the hour primetime delay thing for an ABC affiliate in Idaho for 6 years in the early '90s on 3/4" tape.
Right before I started we not only had to do our own NBC delay, but we were also delaying for two stations in Idaho, KIFI and KTVB (I think those were the call letters), then microwaving it up to them.
We had 3 Ampex 1 inch machines taking care of our delay, and 2 dedicated for Idaho Delay.
Of course, our on-air was of topmost importance, thus the 3 machines to give us some overlap time to rewind the next hour.
Idaho wasn't so lucky, and had to get what we gave them.
Back in those days, local breaks hit at the top and bottom of the hour, none of this "seamless transition to next show" stuff the Networks are so fond of lately, which gave us some rewind time.
Tape ops knew exactly how long it took an Ampex machine to rewind an hour of tape, and got quite adept at knowing exactly when to push rewind and when to push play.
The two machines "in the corner" were still labeled Idaho Delay when I started.
I believe we were doing this on Ampex 2inch Quads before we got the 1inch machines.
, the NBC Mountain Feed started within the year prior to me getting hired.