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TIMELINE 2000- The New Millennium!

It's a new Millennium! Owner Paul Doty has the honor of being the host who welcomes Modesto into the new millennium at the Modesto Centre Plaza on New Years Eve. WCSL begins a yearlong equipment expansion project and complete system upgrade for 2000. Purchases for the year include our 8th FOH board, a new 48 channel Crest X Series Front of House console, a new 40X18 Crest X series monitor console, an array of new smaller lighting rigs, & new 200' 48ch. snake. September 30th marks the first time in the companies history that we are able to provide three fully manned and lighted festival stages at the Turlock Music Festival. The company fly's it's systems for the first time in the LA Forum.

WCSL monitor engineer Craig Young uses WCSL & MIP studios to springboard into a record deal with EMI
Former WCSL monitor engineer Craig Young lands EMI record deal.

Modestan's songs attract record deals
(Published: Friday, November 24, 2000)

Things just keep getting better for Craig Young, Beyer High, Class of '89. Young played with Jewel on the Lilith Fair tour in 1997 He now has gone above and beyond being just another "bass player for hire. I am definitely living my dream," says Young, who recently signed a publishing deal with EMI. "There are a couple people with holds on my songs," Young says. A hold is an option to record. One of those people is country singer Faith Hill, who may put Young's "Loving You" on her next CD. "A publishing deal is like a record contract for songwriters. The company takes my song and they get them placed on records. "If your song is a hit, you get paid two ways -- album sales and performances, how many times it's played on radio and commercials. "Either way," Young says, "if you have a song on an LP that sells well, you'll do good." Right now, Young is splitting time between Nashville and New York, spending about two weeks a month in each locale. He recently finished studio work on a LeAnn Rimes-Elton John duet without meeting either star. "Such are the joys of technology," he says. "New York is really cool -- it's like living in Disneyland," Young says. In Nashville he becomes a rabid Tennessee Titans football fan. While he's moved on geographically, Young says Modesto still occupies a place in his heart. "Home is always in the back of my mind. Every childhood memory I have is set between Coffee (Road) and Floyd (Avenue) and Riverbank. "There's no way to separate yourself from that," Young says. "My entire family is still in Modesto, and I try to make it back for the holidays every year." Young says a lot of his music comes from his father, who also was a musician. And he admires the work of Marvin Gaye, especially the classic album "What's Going On?" Young says there is something even more important than imitation when it comes to making your way in the music world. "People should listen to what's coming from inside. Growing up, we were poorer than poor. But I learned to take risks and always listen to the voice inside."

WCSL overflows it's walls this year and moves into a new warehouse facility in the industrial section of Modesto.

WCSL finds itself in arenas more than ever with shows in both the LA Forum and Arco Arena

In 2000 WCSL looses friends
WCSL friend, NHRA announcer Steve Evans, dead at age 58

By Paul Doty
Those of us that have worked with Steve over the years are deeply saddened today with the news of Steve's passing. Our hearts and prayers are with Steve's family as well as with the entire NHRA drag racing community. One of my fondest memories of Steve was a few years ago in Pomona at the Winternationals. I was running sound for him and I joked with him moments before going live that we were going to be live on "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" (The famous phrase he coined in the 60's). Leslie & I always joked using that phrase at home anytime we were to refer to anything happening on Sunday. A couple of minutes later he opened the live broadcast with "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!", sending a clear message to my wife Leslie 300 miles away at home that Steve's audio engineer that day was me. That was very cool of him, Steve was just that kind of guy. Steve, you will be missed.

Famed NHRA television personality, announcer Steve Evans passes away
Steve Evans, a familiar face to drag race fans for more than two decades through his outstanding television work covering NHRA Winston Drag Racing, passed away Nov. 1. Evans, 58, was discovered dead in his motel room in Las Vegas, where he was preparing for a World of Outlaws event. Evans had a long and rich history in drag racing, having managed dragstrips, served as editor of NHRA's weekly publication, National DRAGSTER, and, later, as NHRA's public relations director, and for eight years was the host of the weekly television program NHRA Today, but was widely known throughout the motorsports community for his coverage of all forms of racing.
Friends, fans gather to honor Steve Evans

by Phil Burgess, NHRA.com
The NHRA drag racing family -- brothers and sisters from all walks of the sport -- came together Thursday night at Pomona Raceway to celebrate the life of one of its most respected and well-liked members at a memorial service for NHRA announcer and television personality Steve Evans, who passed away Nov. 1. A gathering of approximately 500 people united as one at the Racers For Christ tent at Pomona Raceway following the conclusion of the opening day of qualifying at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, filling the tent and the areas outside to listen to the friends and family of Evans share their memories and thoughts, and to offer their support, love, and grief with one another. A veritable Who's Who of drag racing was in attendance; Professional racers from all classes and all eras -- including just about every current star driver -- mixed with Evans' broadcasting peers, NHRA officials, sponsors, and race fans. Evans' longtime friend and broadcast partner Dave McClelland hosted the affair, along with NHRA Chaplain Ken Owen. Guest speakers included NHRA founder Wally Parks; Evans' son, Cameron, and brother, Roger; longtime Evans friend Jim Busby, a former drag racer and sports car racer; producers John Mullin and Tom Gee; and Don "the Snake" Prudhomme. Their tributes, often humorous and nostalgic, offered varying looks at an incredible man -- his love of movies and music; the "Evans circle" he would walk while memorizing his next lines, then delivering them flawlessly; the caring and inquisitive man who always grilled others to share with him their experiences, even off camera -- often far different and far deeper than the Evans most knew from the small screen, but one thing was clear: Everyone knew he was special. "Steve was someone everyone knew, and they felt like he was their friend," said Parks. "All of us should be very thankful and very grateful that he shared our world." McClelland then moved through the audience, offering the microphone to anyone who wanted to share their thoughts of Evans. Among those taking advantage were Ed McCulloch, Frank Hawley, Gary Beck, Shirley Muldowney, NHRA's Steve Gibbs, announcer Richard Schroeder; fellow television announcer Gary Gerould, and one of Evans' most frequent and colorful interview subjects, John Force. Force's speech, as usual, was one of the most memorable, as he recounted how Evans counseled a young, broke, and down-on-his-luck racer, and helped lead him to greatness. "Steve Evans made me," said an emotional Force. "He made all of us. I told him I didn't have a lot going for me, but I can talk. He told me, 'Shut up and just follow me. I'll lead you, because you don't have a clue. Just listen to me.' Twenty-five years of my life I followed him, and I loved him." Later, as the final speaker shared his thoughts, engines roared to life from cars parked just outside the tent, beginning with the famed Greer-Black-Prudhomme Top Fueler, then the Pro Stock Olds of 2000 champ Jeg Coughlin Jr., and finally the Castrol Mustangs of Force and Tony Pedregon. The cars idled in tribute to a man whose heart lived for horsepower and the roar of high performance engines, a man who on this night was truly missed and proudly remembered.

WCSL client comedian Steve Allen dead at age 78

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian and musician Steve Allen, who was the first host of NBC's ``Tonight Show,'' has died, a spokesman said. He was 78.
Spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Allen died of a possible heart attack during a visit to his son's home to see his grandchildren.
Once called television's ``man for all seasons,'' Allen was celebrated for his quick wit, horn-rimmed glasses and for his song-writing skills. Among his 4,000 songs were ``This Could Be the Start of Something Big'' and ``Impossible.''


Above: Leslie Doty shakes hands with Mr. & Mrs. Dick Cheney at a GOP rally which WCSL provided video lighting for.


On December 15th WCSL does it's 100th show in the historic State Theater in beautiful downtown Modesto. The Flying Blind show is sold out and is broadcast to over 1000 additional viewers live on the internet.

WCSL finishes out the year by providing production staff for an upcoming ESPN documentary on father and son World Champion motorcycle riders Kenny Roberts Jr. and Sr.



n February WCSL installs the largest sound and light rig in the State Theaters history as they help bring in "Larger Than Life"....The Ultimate Tribute to KISS!

In March and again in May, WCSL continued it's long history of being trusted with production for some of our countries most well known leaders as former Secretary of State James Baker and Oliver North came to Turlock.

WCSL uses a new 20 box McCauley Stage Array system for the first time at Jazz On The Waterfront with 30,000watts of Crest amps powering.

WCSL supplies numerous concert stages for the huge X-Fest festival in Modesto. It marks the companies largest one day event in it's history and begins a lifelong relationship with premier California concert promoter Chris Ricci Presents.

WCSL unveils its 9th large format FOH console, a 48ch. Crest X-VCA. The company also expands into state of the art loudspeaker management systems for both FOH and monitor rigs with dbx driveracks.
As the company outgrows the ability for one man to handle, Matt Cross comes on board full time as West Coast Sound & Light's General Manager.   West Coast Sound & Light is now on the fast track to being a large regional sound & light production company.


n 2001 "Tribute" debuts at the AFI film festival featuring  "Larger Than Life", Paul's pet side project. The movie is produced by MTV's Kris Cury and Rich Fox, the executive producer is academy award winner Steven Soderbergh, and the film is edited at Skywalker by academy award winner Steve Mirrione. The film has clips of WCSL staff Paul Doty and Andy Cross. Paul attends the world premier at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.



As 2001 comes to a close and 2002 begins, WCSL takes a firm jump into moving lights putting more emphasis on the "light" of "West Coast Sound & Light".

WCSL provides sound & light production for Dionne Warwick in April.


n August 2002 Paul's book "Rubber Meets the road" is re-released on CD-ROM

In September the company moves into a new 4,400 square foot warehouse facility, marking the start of an entire new era for the company.


From 2002-2003 WCSL begins to provide large scale events at John Thurman Field in Modesto including sound for Oliver North & Tommy Lee.

Installations boomed in 2003 replacing internet sales for the company, and accounted for half of WCSL's business.


WCSL rings in the new year for the first time in San Francisco's legendary Cow Palace.

The Summer Olympics chooses Monarc MLA3's as the official loudspeaker of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Along with Athens, WCSL is one of the first organizations in the world to take order of the new technology. In the Summer of 2004 WCSL throws it's hat into the high end sound reinforcement ring when it debuts its full scale Monarc MLA3 Line Array system at Paramount's Great America. With the addition of the new technology, the WCSL client base grew to include groups like The Doobie Brother's and Styx and set WCSL firmly into the large scale markets of arena's and venues like The Shoreline Amphitheater. WCSL was chosen to represent McCauley at the LDI loudspeaker shootout in Las Vegas and went head to head with five of the largest speaker manufactures in the world.


For the first time in the companies history installations surpass live sound events as the companies main source of income in 2005. Church installations quadruple for the year and installation dates run on into the next..
Large scale shows and events do not slow down or suffer however. WCSL is contracted in 2005 to design and build the fair festival stage and lighting for NBC's television show 3 Wishes' with Amy Grant. Other clients include Barbara Bush, Collective Soul, and a host of others. The company expands into video, staging & backline. WCSL again doubles in size.
At the close of 2005 and the start of WCSL's 20th anniversary, the company caries so many consoles, amps, speakers and monitors, one has to check computerized inventories to know amounts.


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