Apr 03, 2001

Music Venues

Soundcraft Goes Down Memory Lane With Joe Franklin

--Longtime television and radio talk show host Joe Franklin recently teamed up with the Riese Organization to open a new eatery in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district called Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane Restaurant. In the center of the front dining room is a triangular stage where, several times a week, Franklin interviews various celebrities via a Soundcraft RM100 broadcast mixer.

The diminutive eight-channel RM100 features a modification by Dale Electronics’ Bob Casey that allows it to not only mix interviews to a DAT recorder for later broadcast use, but to control the restaurant’s PA levels as well. Plans have also been made to add an ISDN codec to permit interviews to be broadcast live from the restaurant.

Steve Garrin, president of VideoActive Productions, is Franklin’s business partner and is frequently called upon to run the desk. "The RM100 is a great little mixer," he says. "It’s versatile, sounds very nice and features an extremely clean, user-friendly layout. Any engineer from any radio station can sit down at this board and immediately feel comfortable operating it."

Recently honored by the Museum of Television and Radio, Franklin is one of New York’s best-known broadcast personalities. The Joe Franklin Show ran on television for 40 consecutive years and, in many ways, helped pioneer the modern TV talk show format. In addition to making daily appearances at his new restaurant, which showcases an impressive collection of celebrity memorabilia, Franklin can still be heard on the airwaves early each Sunday morning hosting his Memory Lane radio show on WOR 710AM.

Soundcraft, a leading British manufacturer of high-end mixing consoles serving live, broadcast, theatre and

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