[Ads-l] hot mike/mic

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 25 20:03:29 EST 2022


Excellent. Slightly different glossary items were circulating. The
instance in "The Scranton Republican" on February 17, 1930 said:

[Begin excerpt]
Hot (or live)—A microphone in operation or in readiness to pick up sound.
[End excerpt]

The instance in "The Daily Illini" on April 5, 1930 said:

[Begin excerpt]
Hot (or live) mike—a microphone in operation or in readiness to pick up sound.
[End excerpt]

Garson


On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 7:37 PM Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> Daily Illini, April 5, 1930.
>
> https://idnc.library.illinois.edu/?a=d&d=DIL19300405.2.109&srpos=2&e=-------en-20--1--img-txIN----------
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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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