This is the RCA Equipment Section of
The Broadcast Archive

Maintained by:
Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer
Last Update 7/1/11


Radio Corporation of America

New York, N.Y.

RCA is, of course, no longer in the broadcast manufacturing business. It delivered its last transmitters over 25 years ago. 

RCA was formed during World War I as a company to share the patents of GE, Westinghouse, and AT&T, to further the war effort without legal issues. In the early years, GE did most of the hardware construction, Westinghouse was highly involved in the control and power circuitry, and AT&T was the source of many audio products.

As far as broadcast, all the early RCA transmitters, etc were really built by GE until RCA (now an independent company) bought the Victor Company in 1929 for $154 million.  In 1930, RCA Radiotron was started, but some GE products were still rebadged until the mid-1930s, when RCA was fully operational as a manufacturer.

Interestingly, in a kind of strange circle, RCA itself was dissolved when GE bought the company in 1985. The "RCA trademark" is currently owned by a Japanese company, for use on consumer products. There are some professional sources for parts and information, though:

 

Commercial Radio Company
Duttonsville School Drive
Cavendish, VT 05142
(802) 226 7582
Dielectric Communications Thales Broadcast
Southwick, MA
(413) 569-6753



KSCO - Santa Cruz, CA
Courtesy of Jack Gittings

Radio Equipment

Consoles:

Model ... Misc. Remarks

46A -Four pot mono console 
(From WCAU in 1933)
BCM-2A Auxiliary Mixer, solid state, console. (add-on to BC-7A)

BC-2B
BC-3 - 13 input, 8 fader, tube, two tone umber gray console

Lloyd Scott, Bartow, FL at his console

BC-3C 13 input, 8 fader, tube, two tone umber gray console.

BC-5 - 8 input, 4 fader, tube, two tone umber gray console.
BC-6B - 22 input, 9 fader, dual channel, tube, umber gray console.
BC-7A - 1962
31 input, 10 fader, dual channel, mono or stereo, transistor, blue console.
(5 of the pots were stereo ... cue speaker has RCA meatball.)
BC-7B 
31 input, 10 fader, dual channel, mono or stereo, transistor, blue console.
(logo is printed above cue speaker.)  Courtesy: Scott Cason

BC-8
8 fader, dual channel, mono

BC-9
4 fader, dual channel, mono
BC-10A Portable dual turntable, solid state, remote console.
BC-14 4 fader, dual channel, mono or stereo (also rack mountable)
BC-15 5 fader mono, dual channel or stereo

BC-17A

31 input, 10 fader, dual channel, mono AND stereo, transistor, blue console

31 input, 10 fader, dual channel, mono AND stereo, transistor, blue console.

BC-18 - 8 fader mono, dual channel or stereo

BC-19    /  BC-19A /  BC-19B

4 fader, dual channel, stereo

BC-50 Custom built consoles...
BC-100 Custom built consoles...
76-B  - Mono tube console
BN-1 single fader remote console.

BN-2A  3 fader Remote Mixer
BN-4 4 fader remote console (essentially a Shure M-67)
BN-6B
BN-7A - 2 fader remote console, battery operated.

BN-7A - 2 fader remote console, battery operated. New version
BN-17 4 fader remote console, battery operated.

OP-6

OP -7
 

 


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