|Gene Tincher was in his early 40's at 8 when I was a pup
But he could load and set up a 2" tape machine faster than anyone - maybe
Larry Miller could get close or Pete Abrams would race Geno to see - every
With only 3 tape decks then - a lot of "hot loads" were done or we ran off
a break reel that Huck had edited together in the wee hours before sign-on.
In the afternoon - Gene or one of the guys made sure all news spots were
edited together. Editing with the TEP was pretty primitive but better than
"the electronic splicer" editor on the TR-22's. Before that kids - engineers
had to physically splice reels together! THEN unsplice them after breaks!
Geno was Bob Hower's and most producers' favorite 2" editor for news from
ABC feeds - he was fast, always wiped extraneous audio and counted us out
of the shot.
When I was directing at 6 - I would wipe audio - have clean in's/out's on
2" tape - which made Kitty Gibbons mad once.
As a "producer"/talent - she had no idea why I had to do this.
6 had gotten sloppy - it was the director's "job" to punch in live on tapes
not clean them up. I would not risk that. We often aired 10pm stories from
the early morning news shows on CBS - I figured old news - is no news and
these would not air again. Usually they were human interest stories. It wasn't
till 6 news photogs started cutting these on 3/4" more often that folks started
wiping audio/blacking video at head/tail of tapes.
Directors had to beep tapes before this - you beeped the cue track on the
tapes to hear them rolling or nearing end over a weird speaker system in
the old newscast control room, very seldom did the tape engineers "count
At 8 we were better organized and more conscious of an on-air look
technically...6 was more content concerned to an extreme at times...