Over a 25 year career, engineer Jack Ramsey recorded hundreds of concerts in the early days of Connecticut Public Radio. He died this week, and WNPR's John Dankosky has this remembrance.
Jack Ramsey worked at a different time in the history of public radio, when classical music was the sound you'd hear, and local concert hall performances were the station's primary way to reach out to the community.
He'd travel from town to town, nearly every night of the week, with microphones and a Nagra reel-to-reel tape deck, recording the orchestras in New Haven and Hartford, visiting musicians from around the world, and community concerts. Capturing everything from Bach to Billy Taylor.
Ramsey retired from Connecticut Public Radio in 1987. It was his second career -the first spanned 23 years in the Coast Guard, retiring as a Master Chief Radioman. He was a veteran of World War 2, the Korean War and Vietnam.
Jack Ramsey died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital at the age of 84. He's remembered as one of the pioneers of public broadcasting in Connecticut.
For WNPR, I'm John Dankosky.