[JPL] Programmers....Sit or Stand?

Al Karia jctrane at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 14:01:25 EDT 2007


Hi Jae...concerning your inquiry about sitting/standing while on mic.
     Before a reconfiguration of the KRFC studios about 2 years ago, I had
done about 10 years of broadcasting, all while sitting. For the past 2
years, our main studio permits either a sit or stand posture and I have been
using a stand-only posture during my show.
     Two comments: first, the 'tall' chairs that were available for sitting
mode are all unsatisfactory to most folks. (Interesting differences emerged
between males and females regarding the 2 models we acquired...to put it
delicately, it had to do with anatomical differences).
     Second: I have been in the habit of doing air checks on each of my
broadcasts over the last 4 years. Without a doubt, I can hear a distinct
qualitative difference in my 'presentation'  while standing. Hard to put
into words, but essentially I sound more 'energetic'. For whatever reasons,
my tapes revealed that I got on and off the air more crisply, I sounded more
conversational, my speaking rate increased somewhat, and, as a result, a
greater % of my 2 hour show consisted of music (as opposed to talk-time). In
my subjective self-evaluation, I like the 'sound' much better.
    I don't know why there should be such a difference. The best that I can
come up with is that standing at the mic might be triggering my in-class
lecturing style (I'm a just-retired College Prof)
    The only downside is that, after my 2 hour standing shift, I can detect
a certain leg fatigue. (Comes with age, I guess...dammit!)
Hope this helps...     Gene Abkarian    KRFC   Ft Collins


On 6/18/07, Jae Sinnett <jaejazz at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> I was thinking about Ed's post in that it's recommended that the board be
> 40".....That's interesting because for someone tall like
> me...6'4".....standing.....that would be tough. Ed, would you say that's an
> industry standard with the studio boards?
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>   George......in 1975 I was in a motorcycle accident. I was hit from
> behind while stopped at a light. I had back problems for years and playing
> drums in clubs was brutal because of the long time you had to play. Not like
> a concert. I use to play bent over a bit because in my coconut it looked
> cool and I saw Buddy Rich do it but then by the end of the evening my back
> would be killing me. I realized my height actually was causing me problems
> so I made the adjustments and now when I play I'm straight up and the same
> with radio and I don't have those back problems anymore. You're right. I've
> sat for 18 years hosting my show and not sure how it would be trying to do
> it standing. I've actually never thought about it until this new studio
> thing came up. Strange.
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> Blaise, I think you're right in that's where it's headed here. That
> concerns me. I definitely would rather sit. What exactly to you mean when
> you say "standing studio?" Would that imply that the board is more elevated?
> I know the taller chairs would be there but not sure about the board height.
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> Jae Sinnett
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> It is great having both options to sit or stand while on air // We at KRML
> can only sit // The studio was designed that way , and we don't use boom
> mics so that we can adjust them for the purpose of standing // I also pull a
> 4 hour gig Mon - Fri // During the 70's - 80's I pulled a midnight - six (or
> seven) six nights a week for 7 years and did not stand // However I did a
> lot of walking around // As far as when I staighten my back ,,, that's a
> given --- when I stand , when I sit , when I swim , when I run , when I
> whatever or anything // I taught body-building and weight lifting for 2
> years while in my mid 30's ,,, and to that can only say train your back to
> stay straight always -- - congrads on the new studio - Geo
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