May 24, 2012

The Development of the First Clear-Com Beltpack (Podcast)

What goes on inside the mind of an inventor? Well, now you can find out what Charlie Butten thought in this Clear-Com podcast when he invented the industry's first partyline beltpack. He remembers how the production team in rock concerts had to communicate by sending runners through the audience to give a note to those in the backstage. When these concerts became increasingly crowded, Bob Cohen and Charlie decided that they needed to build an intercom system that would make it easier to communicate between the back and front of the venue. Learn about the source of Charlie's ideas and how he designed the very first beltpack from the initial stages to completion. 


  1. Hi Charlie! Hope all is good with you. Send my regards to John Sheridan and Erik Devane.

    From Manila. - Marc Paraiso

  2. Hi Marc,

    Thank you for your message!

  3. Hey Charlie - good to hear your voice again! Let's hear some podcasts about the old sound system builds! -David Carroll