La Dolce Vita

I love this image but I don’t quite understand it. It looks like there’s something happening beyond just listening to records but I’m not sure what that might be:

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I also lack both a date and a location. The record–La Dolce Vita, by Ray Ellis and His Orchestra–was released in 1961 so it can’t be earlier than that. And I definitely don’t recognize those walls. Anyone?

Bonus: Here’s a weird one.

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7 Responses to La Dolce Vita

  1. marmer01 says:

    I’m guessing this was the earliest incarnation of what became KTRU. Or maybe it’s a Rice student on some kind of internship at a commercial radio station. There used to be two or three “easy listening” or “beautiful music” stations in Houston.

  2. Edward Feustel (EE/CS Faculty 67-78) says:

    Try finding the big dishes – near space sciences possibly. Then that conical structure — an antenna also. Then the site line to the wall. Perhaps the dishes and cone are gone now.

    I’d guess KTRU as well. The electronics looks like audio equipment typically found in a sound studio.

    • Melissa Kean says:

      I actually took that picture myself not too long ago. I was in Duncan Hall, which is the brick you see in the foreground, looking back towards Anderson (architecture) which is where the cone is, and then beyond that to the roof of Fondren, which is where the dishes are.

      • Ken Grimsby says:

        Stationary satellite dishes always point toward a satellite in geosynchronous orbit over the equator. So, in the northern hemisphere, stationary satellite dishes generally point southward.

        Melissa’s photo looks southwest from Duncan Hall, across Anderson, and on to Fondren. So the satellite dishes on Fondren must be pointing more or less southward.

        I wonder when satellite dishes first appeared on Fondren.

        Lacking a compass while traveling, I have sometimes looked at satellite dishes (ubiquitous on homes almost everywhere) to establish my orientation.

  3. I also believed it was an early transmission from KTRU. In the back of my mind, I seem to remember that it was located in the attic of Hanszen College, but don’t hold me to that.

    • Gene Mutschler says:

      Not KTRU, but KHCR in Hanszen, which became KTRU a year or so later. The “studio” was an old supply closet, about 4 feet by 4 feet, in the rec room in the basement of the new section.

  4. Gene Mutschler says:

    This was taken in the KHCR “studio”. It would have most likely have been taken in 1966 or ’67, before KHCR moved to the RMC and became KTRU, nee KOWL.

    I’m not really sure about who the DJ is. It looks not unlike Chuck Lavazzi, but I can’t be sure, based on the angle and darkness of the photo.

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