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Episode 126: When Tech, Music and Vinyl are Life

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart, Maura Quinn and Jennifer Gertz as they welcome their guests:

Rob Sheeley – CEO / President at Williams AV and Owner at Mill City Sound

Joe Whitaker – President at The Thoughtful Home

Mike Loss – Manager – Scientific Web Programming Group and lead guitarist for a DC Metro band

After some intro discussion on vinyl and more with the Crew and guests, you’ll get to know AV industry legend Rob Sheeley who has been a part of it beginning as a sound guy, and then starting an AV integration company in 1987, a pioneer in audio and video conferencing integration. He’s well-known as Founder/CEO of Vaddio (2003 – 2014), who also opened up a record store – Mill City Sound in Minnesota in 2014. He is currently the CEO/President at Williams AV (Williams Sound and Pointmaker Brands), and he’s still the owner of Mill City Sound – where he joins us from on this podcast.

Next, Mike Loss talks about the tech and music sides of his life, along with how he builds his own guitars. It was Mike who influenced the theme for this show, and you’ll find out what else he’s done for The AV Life – music-wise that is. As for being a guitarist, you’ll hear about the Washington DC Metro rock/dance band he’s a part of the ‘Drunk Naked Pirates.’

Joe Whitaker is back, talking about listening to vinyl – the right way. He talks about industry tech companies and how they try to make the other types of music media sound great, but still to him (and the others) nothing replaces the unique sound of vinyl. Those traditional days of music, and life.

There is another round talking about favorite vinyl, a lot of great artists and bands talked about here, along with more talk about listening to vinyl (and the album covers) vs. CD’s, streaming and more. Mike drops some vinyl knowledge here too. Corey reminisces about his early days buying albums, and names some of them too (along with some stores he shopped in). There’s also talk about some of the older portable media players, and viewpoints on streaming services too.

Rob finishes up the conversation here, talking about how he’s been a long time collector, and how he’s spent time going all around the country seeing record collections and picking up albums. He also talks about stories that have come out of certain places he’s visited. Rob talks about how music entered the picture when he started with Williams Sound, along with the business and culture of the company as it’s transformed to Williams AV.

Sit back, plug in and think vinyl as we live…

The AV Life.