Our friends at Clear-Com are celebrating a very special anniversary this April 18th - 50 years in business! We have been a proud Clear-Com dealer for over 35 years. How did a company come from a very humble beginning in Northern California to become one of the world's leading intercom innovators?
“Over the past 50 years, Clear-Com has grown to become one of the most recognized and highly sought-after communications brands in the Pro-Audio industry,” said Mitzi Dominguez, CEO of Clear-Com. “While our brand has become synonymous with various intercom products which allow professionals to work together at critical times, ultimately Clear-Com’s journey is a story about people who were pivotal within this business -- visionary leaders of the past and present, alumni and current staff, committed partners, loyal users and industry influencers. This year we will look back on milestone moments of innovation and ingenuity, as well as looking forward to future possibilities for better communication.”
Founded on April 18, 1968, Clear-Com traces its humble beginning to a two-person team in San Francisco, California, USA, where the music scene flourished and ear-deafening music became the norm. It was at this time in history where Bob Cohen and Charlie Button met and worked together to create the very first production intercom, known as the RS-100 distributed amplifier analog beltpack system. The RS-100 was an instant success, used for production communication by legendary San Francisco rock bands and artists such as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead.
Since then, Clear-Com has stayed true to its roots with analog-based intercom systems for the live performance market, while the company also expanded into broadcast, military, aerospace, government, sports operations, houses of worship, theme park and offshore-marine markets. This diverse range of markets is now served by a communications and connectivity portfolio comprised of IP, digital, wireless, fiber and mobile applications for group and point-to-point communications on multiple private channels.
Every day, Clear-Com systems are used in some part of the world, be it for a live performance, a news production for local or global broadcasting, in a special governmental operation affecting millions of lives, and on shipping vessels out at sea enabling teams of people to perform intricate tasks.
“We have accomplished a lot along the way and throughout this celebration you will see that this is more than just a trip down memory lane – the Clear-Com of 2018 is in many ways unrecognizable to the company that started in the crucible of the Summer of Love in San Francisco,” said Bob Boster, President of Clear-Com. “Our technology platforms, our global scope, our diverse range of markets and applications are all way beyond the imaginations of Clear-Com’s founders. This is our collective expression of appreciation for each other and what we have accomplished together over the years – we invite you to stand up and be counted as part of the community! Let us toast to the past, shape the present, and inspire the future.”
Some of Dale's family share their best wishes:
"As a Clear-Com dealer for 35 years, Dale Pro Audio has enjoyed great success. We benefit from the friendly and prepared knowledge of our regional sales manager, the sales support team, the technical resources that are always available, and the applications engineers that can accompany us on visits to customers. Clear-Com’s investment in always participating in the most important trade shows and events assures all that they are a strong and interested manufacturer."
- Tim Finnegan, Sales Professional and Intercom System Specialist
"Being in this business for 50 years is no small feat in today's world, and we are glad to have partnered with Clear-Com for 35 of those years. We value our long relationship with a manufacturer such as them and wish them many more years of success in this industry!"
- Valerie Lager, Co-Owner
All of us here at Dale Pro Audio wish all at Clear-Com a very well-deserved 50th Anniversary!
Read more stories, enter to win prizes, sign the guestbook, share your thoughts and wishes, and so much more at Clear-Com's 50th Anniversary Website.
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