KWEX TV Remote Box

Description
The Sony Corporation manufactured this U-matic S model VO-3800 portable videocassette remote recorder around 1974. The U-Matic was a ¾-inch tape that replaced the heavy and hard-to-process 16mm film used in the news field previously. The portable recorder connected to a shoulder camera, worn on an over-the-shoulder strap. Although the unit weighed forty pounds, it freed reporters from the studio, allowing them to do more stories on location.
Cameraman and reporter Andreas Morin used this recording unit when he worked at KWEX-TV in San Antonio, Texas during the 1970s. The station operated on such a tight budget, that reporters like Morin often had to reuse the tape multiple times, recording over earlier programs.
KWEX-TV traces its roots to KCOR-TV, founded in 1954-1955 by Raoul A. Cortez. It was the first Latino-owned, all-Spanish television station in the continental United States. Struggling for financial support, the station was sold in 1961 to Cortez's son-in-law Emilio Nicolas and a group of investors. It became KWEX, the base of operations for the Spanish International Network (SIN). The network would eventually become Univision after a subsequent sale in the 1980s.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1970s
maker
Sony Corporation
Physical Description
metal; plastic (overall material)
brown; black; beige (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 6 3/4 in x 12 in x 13 3/8 in; 17.145 cm x 30.48 cm x 33.9725 cm
ID Number
2015.0002.04
serial number
20108
catalog number
2015.0002.04
accession number
2015.0002
model number
VO-3800
Credit Line
Gift of Univision Communications, Inc.
subject
Radio and television broadcasting
Latino
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Cultures & Communities
KCOR Radio and Television
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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