If you’ve spent any time in Calgary recording audio, Ken Gold more than likely had a hand, ear or vintage mic in it. That’s because he’s been working in the audio business in Calgary for the past 35 years. Over that time he has become more valued than his precious metal namesake, mixing an entrepreneurial spirit with a love of emerging digital media and audio post-production. Before founding On Air, Ken was co-founder of Slingspot.com, a revolutionary online system that allowed studios to distribute audio files for broadcast to stations throughout Canada and the U.S. A business he started and ultimately sold to one of Canada’s largest dubbing houses. Today, his passion for the studio he founded close to 20 years ago remains. For Ken, when it comes to the potential of professionally made sound, there’s gold in them hills.
“I’ve always been excited by the unlimited applications for well-produced audio. Gaming, E-learning, sound to picture and telephony are just the tip of the iceberg.”
If upon entering On Air, you get a warm welcoming feeling it’s no accident. It’s more than likely the direct result of Moon Einarson - one of the three owners of On Air. Moon heads up Client Services and draws upon her extensive experience in Retail & Hospitality Management to provide valuable customer service. She’s quick to find a solution to any problem. Loves working with people. And to her credit, is part of the reason On Air has such a strong reputation for returning clients. It’s Moon’s mix of people skills and management experience that makes her the perfect partner with Bruce and Ken. And it’s also why this Moon has been shining bright at On Air for over 12 years.
“I think one of the main the reasons I’ve been at On Air for so long is because there’s not one day I wake up and think I don’t want to go into work today. Every day is a new adventure and I really just love what I do.”
If you peer into Bruce’s past you’ll find one rich in experience. Perhaps it’s his inquisitive side that has found him dipping his toes into the world of sound since a young age. Whether it was recording music or mixing live bands, Bruce has always held a passion for all things audio. It’s a love that found him setting up stages at festivals, installing commercial sound systems, and ultimately what lead him to become an owner of On Air. Today, Bruce is a producer, project manager and tech supporter for On Air clients. As with his fellow partners Moon and Ken, this Crews member wears many hats. But in his words when you love what you do, you wear those hats with pride.
“I love all things sound. Whether it’s music, movie soundscapes, the sound of boats in the harbour or even on hold messages. If you love what you do it doesn’t matter if you make $10/hour or $100. You still love it.”
In 1876, Emile Berliner invented the first microphone used as a telephone voice transmitter.