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6 Proven Strategies to Boost Gas Station Sales – In Any Economy!

When you’re involved with purchasing a gas station or a convenience store, you’re craving information, and you’ve got lots of questions to ask. When you take over ownership, you want to be confident that the business will be making a good profit from the very first day. Keep in mind though, it’s never a good idea to settle for that scenario – here are six proven strategies to turn your new place of business into a spinning money machine, fast.

Tip one: be aggressive out of the gate and apply pressure point marketing. When a business is under new management it is a great time to snag new customers and to make sure that your station and store become the chosen location for a host of new people. Think of some new ideas – for example, some large signs announcing a price reduction for a limited time, or a free cup of coffee served at the pumps during the first week. Establish your brand with uniformed and energetic employees giving out coupons or other incentives by every pump. Put the previous owner to shame after just one week of aggressive selling.

Tip two: go out and look for new clients by co-promoting with other merchants in your area. Tour the locality and see where people are shopping. For example, make a deal with the supermarket manager to distribute their coupons if they will reciprocate. Car washers or tire vendors are great places to co-promote. Be creative!

Tip three: start talking with your vendors. Now is the time as a new owner to negotiate aggressively as you have the advantage. Everything in your store should be renegotiated, from coffee to snacks to magazines. Open the playing field by inviting other vendors to tender. This will focus the attention of the previous vendors and price breaks will follow. Make sure that you establish return privileges. In that way you can sell additional products in your store, safe in the knowledge that if they do not sell you simply return them and don’t lose a cent.

Tip four: get your family involved. If they’ll help out during the first few crucial months of operation, you might be able to get a better handle on upcoming payroll expenses. Furthermore, trained family members would be available to step in during times of vacation or sickness, etc.

Tip five: review the records and highlight any under-performing products. You might discover that some items outsell others by 2 to 1, or more. Swap out slow selling items with new products and displays during your first few months to test the market. Whilst some items may be slow sellers, remember that you should not gamble too much with your products and displays as you are trying to promote a “convenience” store and people do look for all kinds of odds and ends. Whilst some items simply do not sell enough they need to be there from an overall perspective. Always test to see what sells well.

Tip six: implement proven strategies to help boost sales. For instance, place a coupon display right next to the pumps or position hot selling products in readily accessible locations, such as right next to the front doors. Think of what is popular on a seasonal basis – like cooling drinks, which should be placed right inside the front door. Create strategies for some of your top selling products and reap dividends in your balance sheet.

Richard Parker is the President and founder of the Diomo Corporation – The Business Buyer Resource Center. His inspiring materials, seminars and consulting have assisted thousands of business buyers with achieving their life long dream of buying a business. Want to learn more about effective business buying strategies that actually work, then look no further than=> http://www.howtobuyagasstation.com

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Image from page 91 of “Amateur radio : how and why of wireless with complete instructions on operation of receiving outfits” (1922)

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Title: Amateur radio : how and why of wireless with complete instructions on operation of receiving outfits
Year: 1922 (1920s)
Authors: Grainger, Maurice J
Subjects: Radio Amateur radio stations
Publisher: New York : James A. McCann
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Modern Amateur Antenna Installation. WTrefaxz

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Overhead View of Same. AMATEUR RADIO 71 tion of radio signals, especially music orspeech. There are numerous types of aerials whichmay be used for receiving purposes. Thebest types for the amateur will be eitherthe straight-away inverted L type or thestraight-away T type. These aerials re-ceive their name from the method of connec-tion of the lead in wire. In the invertedL type the lead-in is connected from theend of the aerial while in the T type thelead-in wire is taken from the center of aerial.The inverted L type is generally employedand is the better for receiving. The aerial may consist of any number ofwires. While a one-wire^ aerial will give ex-cellent results in receiving, an aerial consistingof two or four wires has greater capacity andis to be preferred. If it is desired to receivefrom short wave-length stations, we wouldsuggest that aerial be not more than 100 feetin length. Another important feature in connectionwith the antenna is the lightning ground con-nection. All an

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Snake on the lake

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I went to check out the official anniversary party and unveiling of the new studio digs for Madison’s own student radio station, WSUM 91.7FM – and boy do they have a nice new space. Read more about it here.

I miss having a radio show. I may have to rectify that situation this summer….

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Your Gas Station Or Convenience Store Can Compete With the Big Boys!

When you buy a gas station or convenience store, don’t just settle down and expect to blend in to the business landscape and get clients just because “you are there”. Don’t rely on the status quo and expect customers to come and go on a daily basis. You need to employ some aggressive marketing techniques to help you compete and defeat all your competitors, even the supposedly dominant oil company owned stations. Be proactive and make something out of your new acquisition – you will be proud of yourself if you do.

Turn to the marketing basics and play your own twists:

Firstly, make sure that you differentiate. Take a tour of your general area and visit all the other gas stations and convenience stores. Look to see what they are doing from a marketing perspective and take good notes. When you return to your place of business, start offering something special that they don’t. Differentiate your business by, for example, opening longer hours or by presenting your location as a brighter and cleaner option. Pick out a distinctive uniform for your employees and make sure that you train them well so that they enthusiastically greet every visitor.

Come up with a list of promotions and prizes to stage periodically, coupons too. One of the staples of a gas station is its morning coffee – provide a great flavor and stimulate your visitor taste buds! Stock your store with a wider selection of items and make sure that you give certain things away free – including air, water and vacuum.

Secondly, communicate! Don’t be shy and make sure that you tell your customers that you have the best gas station and convenience store in the area. Once you have identified your core customer and found out all about their habits, initiate promotional campaigns within the media channels that will reach them directly; for instance, put discount coupons in grocery stores. Make sure that your communication methods are consistent – keep selling. From time to time open your facility to a worthy charity – for example, those car washes staged by the local softball team.

Thirdly, make sure you integrate well into the surrounding community. Look for opportunities to sponsor a local sports team or a popular cause. Get involved in cleaning up an eyesore, such as a neglected local park. Consider funding a college scholarship or co-promote with the merchants in your area to help improve the business climate. Whatever you do, make sure that you send information about it to the local media so they will promote you free of charge. As you will pretty much always get coverage if newsworthy, go out of your way to generate those “feel good” activities and the press will help you out with column inches and radio sound bites.

There’s no such thing as a small business, only business people who think small!

Richard Parker is the President and founder of the Diomo Corporation – The Business Buyer Resource Center. His inspiring materials, seminars and consulting have assisted thousands of business buyers with achieving their life long dream of buying a business.

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The International Space Station – Picking the Right Talent For the Job

This weekend Space Shuttle Endeavor looks to add another piece the space station’s Japanese Kibo laboratory. At 335 tons in weight and coming in at a staggering price tag of around $ 100 billion dollars, the International Space Station is the largest engineering project ever undertaken. With well over 30 shuttle launches to place the station hardware in space and over 100 spacewalks to complete construction, the assembly of this orbital laboratory has required a supporting talent acquisition process that would make most private sector companies envious. Despite the clear magnetic attraction that the space program has on top engineers, many of the same strategies, technologies and nuances apply to talent acquisition in the private sector.

Building a Brand

Let’s face it, every since the early days of the Mercury program children have looked into the eyes of their parents and exclaimed, “Daddy, I want to grow up to be an astronaut.” This behavior is a byproduct of years of publicity and a cold war propaganda machine that took a Patriotic Sham-Wow and buffed up the public image of the space program. Live video of heroic men taking the first steps on the moon helped seal the deal. These were astronauts, the best of the best, test pilots from top military experimental flight programs. As with most things in life, marketing is everything. Companies can take a note from the pages of NASA. Building a brand that not only attracts customers but also inspires talent is a sure fire way to push your organization to new heights. Just take a moment to look at the talent pool of companies like Google and you will get an understanding of what corporate branding can do for your human resources department. Even with a small company, selecting the best talent is a lot easier when people are knocking at the gates.

Understanding Your Needs

During a lecture in the 60’s, a reporter asked John Glen what he was thinking while he sat in the Mercury capsule moments before becoming the first American to orbit the earth. Glen’s response, “I was thinking that the rocket had twenty thousand components, and each was made by the lowest bidder.” Glenn’s point hits the mark. With the Apollo program, an infinitely more complex launch system, not a single Astronaut died during launch or in spaceflight. Despite the fact that there were major technical issues during Apollo 13, the track record for the program is astounding considering that the contract for each component was granted to the lowest bidder who could prove the had the technical expertise to deliver. Developing a clear understanding of your needs can go a long way to improving the hiring process for almost any company. Many times, due to lack of communication or misinformation, a company will open a job search, when they have quite enough internal resources to handle things. In other cases, the HR team might not develop the proper job requirements to fit the position at hand. Always make sure you have the facts and know what you need before you act.

Developing Process

NASA has a long standing history of developing their astronaut talent pool from existing government resources. Prior to the existence of human space flight, the space program was tasked with outlining requirements for the perfect candidates for the early days of the space program. These requirements stressed several major characteristics including flight experience (especially test pilots), military backgrounds, outstanding physical health and to a lesser degree engineering backgrounds. Given these requirements, the space program developed a clear process for accepting new astronauts which included flight experience reviews, direct recommendations by top military officials, intense physical fitness tests by trusted medical doctors and an overall review of educational expertise and psychological background to see if the candidate was a right ft for the job.

Needless to say, the candidate review process was extremely well defined and thorough. Despite the fact that most companies do not have NASA-like resources, developing a clear hiring process is just as critical for success. Companies need to have open communication and collaboration between hiring managers, internal recruiters and top decision makers. In order to be successful, this process requires a clearly defined process flow. The last thing a company wants to do is mishandle a talented candidate during the recruiting process and diminish that candidate’s perception of the company. Developing an intake blueprint, eliminating bottlenecks, and emphasizing collaboration are key elements to a well tune talent acquisition program.

Taking Advantage of Technology

Pushing the frontiers of technology is one of the defining goals of NASA and the human space flight program. Each mission presents a new set of technologies, scientific variables and obstacles that serve to increase the knowledge base of the engineering and scientific communities. Because the space program draws their talent from a wide variety of resources, including the elite military branches and the scientific community, communication is paramount to the selection process of each new class of astronauts. These same principles hold true for the private sector. Communication or lack there of poses the biggest potential bottleneck in the hiring process. If an internal recruiter and a hiring manager are on different pages, then the process suffers.

Collaboration and oversight are defining characteristic of the top corporate recruiting programs. New technologies exist such as recruiting software which can provide companies with the competitive edge required to outpace their competition and streamline efficiency. These programs offer a powerful combination of features, flexibility and affordability. In the private sector, being on the cutting edge does not require a degree in rocket science.

Outfitting your organization with talented employees is only the first step towards success. To achieve truly noble goals you need to select people who can match and sustain your corporate vision. It’s like they always say, “if we can put a man on the moon we can [your answer goes here]” I’d like to think that each employee oriented company can fill in their own blank on that one.

I am an aspiring author. I enjoy sharing helpful information with people. My three favorite topics are business, computers and travel.

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Fogos em Montreal / Fireworks at Montreal

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Festival Internacional de Fogos de Montreal

L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, also known as the Montreal Fireworks Festival, is a major international fireworks competition. (It was formerly known as Le Mondial SAQ, and l’International Benson & Hedges.) It has been held yearly in La Ronde over the Dolphins lake, since 1985, and is named after its main sponsor, Loto-Québec. The display is hailed as the best and largest fireworks festival in the world. It hosts an estimated 3 million each year, with approximately 6,000 fireworks set off during each show.

Each summer, eight or nine pyrotechnical companies from different countries present a 30-minute long pyromusical show, competing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Jupiters or trophies.

For the 20th anniversary in 2004, eight of the previous top competitors (all of whom had won the Gold Jupiter) were invited to fight for the unique Platinum Jupiter in June and July 2004, which was won in the end by the German company WECO.

The competition takes the form of a series of biweekly fireworks shows usually beginning in late June and ending in late July. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is also broadcast over a provincial radio station (RockDétente in 2005, Rythme FM 2006-onwards). Spectators can purchase tickets to have reserved seats in La Ronde: they can buy them on site, on-line or through the Admission group to obtain an exceptional view of the lower altitude display and the whole perspective. However, tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people watch the fireworks for free from nearby locations.
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NYC – Brooklyn: Brooklyn Navy Yard – Building 11

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard, also known as the New York Naval Shipyard (NYNSY), is located in Wallabout Basin, a semicircular bend of the East River. The waterfront site was used to build merchant vessels following the American Revolution. Federal authorities purchased the old docks and 40 acres of land in 1801, and it became an active US Navy shipyard in 1906. By the American Civil War, the yard had expanded to employ about 6000 men. In 1890, the ill-fated Maine was launched from the Yard’s ways.

On the eve of World War II, the yard contained more than five miles of paved streets, four drydocks, two steel shipways, and six pontoons and cylindrical floats for salvage work, barracks for marines, a power plant, a large radio station, and a railroad spur, as well as the expected foundries, machine shops, and warehouses. In 1937 the battleship North Carolina was laid down. The battleship Iowa was completed in 1942 followed by the USS Missouri (BB-63) and then in 1952, Antietam. At its peak, during World War II, the yard employed 70,000 people, 24 hours a day.

The Navy decommissioned the yard in 1966 and sold it to the City of New York. A few decades later, it became an area of private manufacturing and commercial activity. It now has over 200 tenants with more than 3,500 employees, and is managed and operated by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation for the City of New York

Open House New York weekend, America’s largest architect and design event, opens doors throughout New York City each October. The 8th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend will be held October 9 & 10, 2010. openhousenewyork (OHNY) is a non-profit cultural organization founded in 2001 in New York City, to promote awareness and appreciation of New York’s architecture, design and cultural heritage through year-round, educational programs. Through direct experiences and dialogue with architects, designers, planners, and scholars, OHNY opens doors for the public to discover cutting-edge new work, restoration of city landmarks, construction of infrastructure and engineering works and neighborhood planning efforts.

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From the website for "No Numbers" – "Three women tell their stories of recovery from disordered eating and in so doing rediscover values that move beyond inches, weight and other measures."

in support of EDEN’s 2009 "Love Your Body" campaign, & MC’d by the talented Jay-Jay Feeney (morning show host, "The Edge" radio station)

Full story on our site here

Our Photographer for Charity was
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What’s the Right Work Station For Your Home Study

A lot of people dream about being able to work from home. Not having to worry about beating the traffic or putting on a suit makes work all the more appealing. Being able to work in pajamas and eat pancakes at the computer is quite a liberating concept. In order to set up a proper home office a person must sort through a wide selection of desks to find the one that is right for their wants and needs. Choice is a wonderful thing but it can sometimes make life a little more difficult so it is important for people to approach the shopping experience with a preconceived idea of what they are looking for.

For people who will be doing all of their work from home and need a proper home office a highly functional desk is a necessity. A large, corner desk is a wonderful piece for any home office that has enough space to accommodate. This kind of space provides a person with a place for their computer as well as ample desk space for other work. These kinds of desks also typically come with a good amount of drawers which are an essential part of any organized office. If the home office is the only office then organization is key, especially if space is somewhat limited. For people who do not have the luxury of a room that can fit a corner desk, there are other options that can help them utilize the space they do have.

There are desks that have a simple base but include a unit that can be placed on top. This additional unit provides space for the computer as well as more shelves for files, a printer, and any other items a functioning office would need readily available. These are a wonderful option for people who do not have a lot of floor space that they can dedicate to their work space. All work stations should come with a keyboard shelf that can easily be slid in and out from under the desk so that it does not take up vital space on top of the desk. As well as having a unit to place on top of the desk, a good work station should also have an organizational unit that goes underneath the desk to the side. This is where people can put additional files and other items that they need for daily work.

Once a person decides what functions they need their desk to perform they can get into the arena of choosing what style they like best. The classic look for desks includes carved wood with somewhat ornate edges and shelves. More contemporary looks utilize metal and sometimes glass. Either look is very nice but each sets a unique vibe so a person working from home has to consider what look they are projecting, especially if they plan to have potential customers or business partners in their office. Making sure the desk meets all of a person’s work needs is the most important thing on the list to consider when shopping for a good work station, but style and design should also play a strong role in the ultimate decision.

Need to furnish your home? The Beyond Furniture web store has a wide range of furniture that fits a contemporary European style. Whatever room of the house needs furnishing we can fulfill your needs, from Italian leather sofas for the living room to desks for the home study. Our online ordering system can have the furniture at your door as soon as possible.

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My own expansion upon the infamous Radio Station theme.

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Building of fm radio station 88,8

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Visit Mount Abu- The Charming Hill Station Of Rajasthan

Located in the Aravalli range of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. The charming beauty, pleasing environment, harmony of temples, beautiful blossoming gardens, wooded forest and the pleasant lake adds appeal and attractiveness to this hill station. Visitors from all across the globe throng here to enjoy their holidays in this beautiful hill station. Due to its scenic beauty this place has become the most sought after destination for nature lovers, honeymoon couples and holiday makers. Some of the captivating places to visit in this hill station are:

Dilwara Jain Temple: This temple is one of the most finely made Jain temples of Mount Abu. The architectural beauty and stone carvings are the striking features of this temple. The temple is dedicated to the Tirthankaras and the beauty of this temple is just unparalleled. Every year thousands of Jain pilgrimages come to this temple to pray before their deity. Any visitors coming to enjoy their holidays in Rajasthan must visit this beautiful temple of Mount Abu.

Sun Set Point: This beautiful tourism spot is famous amongst tourists for its magnificent view of setting sun. Visitors gather here in the evening to catch a glimpse of the setting sun. Many tourists capture the amazing view of the setting sun in order to see the best sunset of their lives.

Mount Abu wild life sanctuary: It is the most favored place to enjoy the scenic beauty and amazing species of birds and animals in their natural habitat. The flora and fauna of this place is really mind blowing and their beauty showcases the interior beauty of this hill station. It is an experience in itself to take a tour inside the forest and catch the glimpse of the animals wandering in the forest. In the forest one will find deer, monkeys and colorful birds. One can explore the sanctuary by taking a safari tour with the help of an experienced city guide.

Nikki Lake: The beauty of Nikki Lake charms every person coming to visit this lake. It is one of the most important tourist interests of this place and its beauty is really mesmerizing and fascinating.

There are many other attractive destinations like Museum and art gallery, Achal garh Fort, Honeymoon Points, Adhar Devi Temple, Trevor’s tank, Gurumukh temple etc. So one should book the Rajasthan tour package and visit these amazing places in Mount Abu.

Author is an associate editor for Holiday Packages. Get all possible information about Rajasthan Travel Packages and Holiday Pakcages India. We also provide information about online hotel reservation, Holiday Packages in India and Flights Booking in India.

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Discussing Maze and Crosswords about Corruption

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The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi) made public event, talkshow about corruption, in some malls. One of them was held in Bandung Indah Plaza, organized with local radio station and university students.

Miles City Star Building

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The Miles City Star Building, 818 Main Street, Miles City, Montana. Home of the "Miles City Star" newspaper, the Miles City Star Printing and Office Supply Store, and KATL 770AM Radio.

Before the "Star" was located in this building "Coast to Coast / Steadman’s Ace Hardware / Radio Shack" was located in this building. This building replaced the original "Coast to Coast" store which burned down in the early 1990’s (I think). The original "Coast to Coast" building housed "Reynold’s Grocery" before it became "Coast to Coast Hardware".

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This is one of a series of snapshots chronicling the transformation of my 1961 Cadillac into the the WJUL Mobile Unit (aka "Christine").

I originally purchased this automobile in 1982 for 0 in California, just before my tour was up in the Marine Corps.

While attending the University of Lowell (Massachusetts), and as a member of the student-operated radio station (WJUL), it was decided that the car could be turned into a rolling version of the station’s bumper-sticker, just in time for the University’s "Spring Fling." The car was painted in exterior latex paint, with brushes and rollers, in the Cumnock Hall quadrangle. The station call-letters were hand-painted in the driveway of a fellow station member.

Sadly, the car met an inglorious end, left abandoned several years later in a storage facility in Tewksbury, MA

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NYC – Greenwich Village: Electric Lady Studios

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Designed by De Stijl member and Juliard’s then theater director, Frederick Kiesler, 52 West 8th Street’s first occupant was the Film Guild Cinema, which opened in 1929. Shortly after, Rudy Valley’s country-western nightclub, the Village Barn, opened in the basement where it honky-tonked for 30-plus years. Hans Hoffman, father of the "push pull" color theory and abstract expressionism, lived, painted and taught here from 1938 to 1958.

When The Generation Club, which replaced the Village Barn closed in 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his manager, Mike Jeffrey, bought the space for k with the intention of turning it into a club of their own. His accountant, however, convinced him that owning a studio would be more fiscally sound–predating the Beatles’ Abbey Road in an era when label owned and operated studios were the norm. Hendrix commissioned an upstart out of Princeton, John Storyk to architect the studio with the instructions for "soft", "curvaceous" and wherever possible "no right angles." Storyk would go one to develop over 2,000 studios, radio stations, clubs and theaters.

Construction lasted nearly twice as long and cost twice as much as expected, but Hendrix didn’t wait to start tracking recordings. Nearly 30 songs were recorded prior during this time, including most of "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" and hours of jams with Steve Winwood and Chris Wood of Traffic. Electric Lady Studios officially opened on August 26, 1970. That same night, Jimi left for England to play the Isle Wright Festival and only thirteen days later, was pronounced dead at the age of 27.

Under Director of Engineering, Eddie Kramer, Electric Lady would go on to be one of the premier recording spots of the early 70’s with artists like Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, John Lennon, Peter Frampton, Diane Warwick, Carley Simon, Kiss, Billy Coham, and Lena Horne taking up residence.

In the 1970’s, the 8th Street Playhouse took over the space upstairs, dedicated to independent film like its predecessor. It became the first true "screening" theater…no curtains or stage, just a screen. It also became the first theater to offer a midnight film seven days a week. By its closing in 1992, it was perhaps most famous for its 15 year-run of twice-weekly midnight screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Today the space is divided between indepndent video rental store, TLA Video, and off-Broadway theater, The Independent. TLA stands for the Theater of Living Arts and was founded by Andre Gregory of My Dinner with Andre.

Electric Lady Studios continues to prosper as Manhattan’s oldest existing recording facility. The client list has grown more impressive with each passing year. A laundry list of those to lay tracks includes the White Stripes, Radiohead, U2, Lou Reed, Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses, Mariah Carey, Prince, Madonna, Santana, Eric Clapton, Al Green, Jay-Z, Frank Zappa, The Notorious B.I.G., Bjork, Placido Domingo, Whitney Houston, The Beastie Boys, Bjork, Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Weezer, Common, AC/DC, Alicia Keys, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Al Green, the Dave Matthews Band, and Placido Domingo.

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Historic Marconi and RCA Wireless Maritime Radio station within the Point Reyes National Seashore. California. July 2014.

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