Monday, March 19, 2012

His master's fan

The Roanoke Times’ Ralph Berrier Jr. profiles Kinney Rorrer, a banjo player (who counts among his ancestors the old-time banjo star Charlie Poole) and broadcaster whose Danville home is full of antique phonographs and more than 3,000 wax cylinders and
78-rpm records that are played on the machines. “My granddaughter is probably one of the few 6-year-olds in the state of Virginia who knows what a Victrola is,” the collector says. Rorrer also notes that his record players work just fine during power outages: