Saturday, September 15, 2007

Call in Now!

OPB was doing their fund raiser this week. This is the time when they run special shows in hopes of having you call in and donate money. They break from the show into the studio. Behind the announcers are rows of people answering the phones as people call in to donate money. It struck me as odd how pledge drives and telethons still seem to be using phones that have old fashion mechanical bells. You hear this constant ringing in the background that sounds like your deaf grand mother’s phone on a table in the parlor, ringing at full volume.

Are they really still using that type of phone, or is that this is the sound they think will make us call in and donate?


Blogger Mike S said...

MPBS has a 'bell ring-tone' on a TV sound feed for each incoming line, there's also 2-3 speakers in the studio that are hooked in as well. It gives the audience at home the sound effect, as well as providing a busy atmosphere in the studio. Otherwise there's be only annoying beeping:)

11:21 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

And my guess is that the particular ring tone was chosen to target a certain age group.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mike, Gearhead and I were at a meeting last week and one woman there had had a cell phone ring tone that sounded like bull frogs. It was really cool.

5:33 PM  

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