[Ads-l] hot mike/mic

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 25 19:05:10 EST 2022


Good work, Peter. Excellent resource, but the year 1930 may be inaccurate.

The link you gave points to a page at lantern.mediahist.org that
displays a page 83 of "Radio Digest" with the following passage in the
middle column:

[Begin excerpt]
DEAD MIKE isn't a cause for a wake,
it’s an unconnected microphone, while
a HOT MIKE is one supplied with
power.
[End excerpt]

The page apparently falls within the April 1931 issue of "Radio
Digest". Here is a link to page 83 and a link to the corresponding
table of contents (ToC) in the Internet Archive. I paged backward from
the target page to find the ToC.

https://archive.org/details/radiodigest2627unse/page/n678/mode/1up

https://archive.org/details/radiodigest2627unse/page/n597/mode/1up

Garson

On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 6:24 PM Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> Lantern Media History is good resource for these kinds of thing.
>
> 1930 earliest. There's one result misdated as 1923 appears same as 1930.
>
> https://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog/radiodigest2627unse_0685
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> I'm researching "hot mike/mic" for an upcoming Wall St. Journal column.
> OED3 includes a cite for "hot mike" from 1937 in its entry for "hot" (sense
> 9h: "electrically connected or charged; turned on; live"). So far I've
> antedated that to 1930:
>
> ---
> https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Broadcast-Advertising/Broadcast-Adver=
> tising-1930-04.pdf
> Broadcast Advertising, Apr. 1930, p. 16, col. 2
> Broadcasting has its own language, a few words of which are quoted here
> from the glossary that is running serially in the "Voice of Columbia."
> "Hot mike" -- A microphone in operation.
> ---
> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/93427038/hot-mike/
> Bangor (Me.) Daily News, Feb. 10, 1931, p. 9, col. 7
> A glossary listing words and phrases peculiar to radio engineering has been
> compiled by Engineer Irving Reis -- the Dr. Vizetelly of the Columbia
> Broadcasting System=E2=80=99s technical staff. [...]
> Hot Mike -- Microphone with current applied. A "dead mike=E2=80=9D is one t=
> hat is
> shut off.
> ---
>
> Can anyone find anything earlier? An Internet Archive search suggests it
> may be in the Oct.  1929 issue of National Radio News, but that item is
> currently unavailable:
>
> https://archive.org/search.php?query=3D%22hot+mike%22&sin=3DTXT&and[]=3Dyea=
> r%3A%221929%22
> https://archive.org/details/NRNV02N03Oct29/NRN_V02_N03_Oct29
>
> I don't see "hot mike" skimming through the PDF for that issue here:
>
> https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-National-Radio-News/NRN-1929-10.pdf
>
> --bgz
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