If Bill and I had the choice, we would have had the IGM Instacarts installed when the Stereo 80 was ordered. They were an optional. <snip>
I installed a second-hand Instacart-based automation system in the mid 80s. It was pretty beat.
We called the system "FRED" (F
evice). We were using it with a satellite feed of Transtar's "Format 41," where the 'local' announcer station ID bits were on multiple carts, and they were fired from the same-voice DJ right before he would say something live at the network, in an attempt to sound local and live (nice try, but no banana).
At any rate, an Instacart deck would slip cue every once in a while. It was pretty funny to hear, every 20 seconds or so, "There's nothing
quite like 16 AM!"
You had to have a sense of humor with that thing. Yes, nothing
quite like it, LOL!