Over the next several pages you
will find a collection of photos which will give you a behind
the scenes look at the people and the equipment responsible for
so many of the great PAMS jingle packages. We are always looking for more,
so if you have any photos or other non-audio memorabilia to share,
please contact us.
PAMS' legendary address was 4141 Office Parkway. The company moved
into its custom-built headquarters in 1961 and remained there
until 1978. The building housed sales and production offices, as well
as two recording studios.
At this time Office Parkway was a quiet street, only one block long, lined
with one and two story office buildings. The location was about
3 miles north of downtown Dallas. A small engraved plaque near the front door of 4141 was the only sign
which identified the building. (Note that there is a slight discrepency
in the way the PAMS logo was depicted!).
This composite photo approximates
the setup in PAMS Studio A during a 7-voice vocal session in
1973. On this day the singers were (left to right) Mary Jo
Grogan, lead singer Jackie Dickson, Carol Piper, Marv
Shaw, Frank Bloebaum, Billy Ainsworth, and bass singer Jim
Clancy. Note the famous PAMS "chimes" in the corner,
which are more accurately described as tubular bells. (They were not, however, the source of
the famous WABC chime. That was a sound effect which was added
to the end of a Series 30 cut by the station.)
These vocal session photos from
September 1970 show the singers in a much closer configuration.
The guys are (l-r) Frank Bloebaum, Billy Ainsworth, Dick Cole,
and Jim Clancy. The girls (as pictured at right) are Mary
Jo Grogan, Jackie Dickson, and Libba Weeks.
The powerful high male voice that
gave packages like Series 31 and 37 their distinctive sound belonged
to the late Marvin Shaw. In addition to singing and producing
in the vocal group, Marv was a trumpet player who wrote and arranged
many PAMS jingles.
Photos on this page
by Jon Wolfert and Peter Mokover. Rights to all photos
are reserved by their respective owners.