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Signal To Noise, Episode 242: Mark Russie, From Long-Time Audio Pro To Inventor/Entrepreneur

The story of how the Las Vegas-based A1 and A2 retired to start a business manufacturing the Lav Magnet and more in his garage, highlights of his career that inspired the invention, and more.

In Episode 242, Andy and guest host Aram Piligian talk with Mark Russie, who retired from a long career as a Las Vegas-based A1 and A2 to start a small business manufacturing the Lav Magnet and Beltpack Bar, tools he originally invented to make his own life on corporate events easier. Mark shares the story of how, after multiple manufacturers told him his product wouldn’t be feasible, he set up a shop in his garage and learned to do it himself, as well as highlights of his career that inspired the Lav Magnet, and what it’s like being an IATSE job steward in one of the busiest and highest profile union locals in the country. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF.

This week, we also introduce a new segment where we take listener questions and–together with some guest contributors–answer them on air. This week, Courtney Klimson (The Roadie Clinic) and Kenny Barnwell (Crew Coach) offer advice on maintaining and sustaining a relationship at home while working on the road.

NOTE: Mark is generously offering a special rebate offer for listeners — just mention Signal to Noise in the “order notes” field of his website when checking out, and Mark will give you a 10 percent rebate and free regular shipping back to your card once the order is shipped!

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Episode 242 Transcript

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