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Hi-Fi Highway

Friday, September 02, 2011

Summer’s nearly at its end – and there’s just one more weekend to hit the road for an old fashioned summer road trip. Your car’s dashboard has made some serious technological leaps over the last half century, but the most curious development has to do with the dashboard turntable. Yes, that’s right -- turntable. The writer Paul Collins joins us to share this side-note in Hi-Fi highway history. And then music writer Tom Moon - master of the road trip mix - brings in a fresh playlist for our Soundcheck listeners to drive to.

Check out a dashboard turntable in action! This one's inside a 1960 Imperial Le Baron:




Paul Collins and Tom Moon

Comments [9]


what is that great phil collins driving tune? it's a bit hypnotic,as it has a long instrumental groove,but man does it rock, and mesmerize..

Sep. 02 2011 08:45 PM
tanya from Bronx

Also love Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What. Can't stop listening to that entire CD but especially love the title track.

Sep. 02 2011 04:04 PM
tanya from Bronx

Spottiswoode and Enemies "Wild Goosechase Expedition" is my new favorite road song.

Sep. 02 2011 03:12 PM
steve Byram

tokyo by the books

Sep. 02 2011 02:36 PM
Joe from Jersey

Arlen Sanders - "Hopped up mustang"

youtube dot com/watch?v=b91ghALwNec

Sep. 02 2011 02:34 PM
Zach Vietze (Veet-zuh) from NYC

Wild Flower by The Cult

Sep. 02 2011 02:31 PM
Kdub from New Hyde Park

"Vehicle" by Ides of March, for a great focused "high speed" drive - the brass and section want you to shift! ;-)

Sep. 02 2011 02:30 PM
Phil from Park slope

On a trip to China in the 80s I saw a clamshell turntable "Walkman" with a shoulder strap that played 7" singles. I have no idea if it worked.

The CBS business problem is a classic example of the "chronos effect" where tech innovation is stifled by its own corporation.

Sep. 02 2011 02:18 PM
crez from Plainfields NJ

I've heard of an indie record promoter in the 60s who rigged a turntable in his trunk to his radio..and to impress artists and music exectives he'd drive around he would demonstrate his effectiveness by always "finding their hit songs" playing on multiple stations..all thanks to his amazing promotional efforts! And that turntable in the trunk!

Sep. 02 2011 02:12 PM

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