[Ads-l] hot mike/mic

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 25 21:29:12 EST 2022


Oops, my bad -- missed the cite in your post. Thanks, Garson.

On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 8:07 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Are my posts making it to the list? Apparently, my posts are sometimes
> being filtered into spam. I posted a February 17, 1930 citation five
> hours ago.
> Garson
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 8:02 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks, Peter. Clearly the same list of radio jargon was floating around.
> > From slightly earlier in 1930:
> >
> > ---
> > https://www.newspapers.com/clip/93465842/hot-or-live-mike/
> > BInghamton (NY) Press, Feb. 25, 1930, p. 15, col. 2
> > Today's definition of broadcasting studio terms: Hot (or live) mike -- A
> > microphone in operation or in readiness to pick up a sound.
> > ---
> >
> > 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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> Ben
> > > Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
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> > > Subject: hot mike/mic
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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
> > > <
> 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/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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