Peak Time

Detroit Vinyl Mania! Archer Record Pressing and Third Man Records

120 minsFirst aired 23 May 2019
Artwork by Ted Guerrero

Live from Detroit: We visit two Motor City pressing plants for a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite records get made.

It’s rare for a city to have one full-scale vinyl pressing plant… Detroit has two. In February 2017, Third Man Pressing – owned by Jack White from the White Stripes – became the first record-pressing facility to open in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing in 1965. With vinyl sales on the rise for the 13th consecutive year, and more people collecting records than ever, today’s Peak Time is dedicated to the people and the process of producing these beloved slabs of wax. Vivian talks to Mike Archer, who took over Archer Record Pressing from his dad Joe, onsite at their unassuming location on East Davison Avenue, where we get insight into the multi-step process by which vinyl chips become 12” discs. We also visit Dave Buick, Ed Gillis and Roe Peterhans down at the factory-like Third Man Records to find out more about the rigors of making 5,000 records in an eight-hour shift, their modernization of the record-making process, special editions and the significance of their Cass Corridor location.


Engineered by Ryan Woodhall
Produced by Sara Casella

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