I come to you this Christmas Day with a happy heart. I discovered that Santa Clause was very good to me this year when I looked under the tree. In addition to all the toys and packages for the younger ones I found there a package just for me. It turned out to be a Heil PR 40 Wide Frequency Response Dynamic Microphone to be used for this podcast. After talking to Santa about the Heil PR 40 and how valuable they are I began to realize why Elwood Blues traded the Cadillac “Blues Mobile” for a microphone while brother Jack was cooling his heels in the Cook County Jail.
When I started this podcast three years ago I set it up under the tutelage of the “Podcast Answer Man” Cliff Ravenscraft. Cliff seemed to master everything he ever tried with great success including podcasting. With podcasting he was and still is a big proponent of putting out a superior product both in content and sound quality. He recommended using a Heil PR 40 microphone for the best sound quality of a podcast. I figured such a successful podcaster like Cliff Ravenscraft must know what he is talking about and I promptly followed his advice on microphones. After only three years and almost 800 broadcast podcast episodes I to the plunge and asked Santa Claus for a Heil PR 40 and he came through. From now on you will be hearing me through my new microphone.
Heil Microphones are top quality and I just had to know more about this product and in the process of learning more about it I discovered a very interesting story about a very sharp guy, Bob Heil. He was a very precocious young man growing up in the St Louis area who became a professional quality organ player at an early age. By the time he was fifteen years old he was playing in the biggest venues in St Louis.
He quickly became a sound expert and started a company manufacturing sound systems. His reputation and talents was so good he began providing sound systems for entertainers including: The Grateful Dead, The Who, The James Gang, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Humble Pie, Seals and Crofts, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Leslie West, J. Geils, Ike and Tina Turner, and Chuck Berry, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and Bon Jovi.
He left the entertainment business and In 1982 He and his wife, Sarah, started Heil Sound, a top notch manufacturer of quality microphones. It is a privilege and honor for this podcast to be heard through a microphone made by Bob and Sarah Heil.
Merry Christmas to you all from the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.