History of Poll Sound

1924

Harry's First Job

Harry Poll builds his first commercial sound system and uses it to amplify a radio broadcast of the 1924 World Series games to a large crowd in downtown Salt Lake City. His company was born, which he names “Poll Audio Broadcasting”
1924
1924-1928

Expanding the System

Harry continues to build his system and advertise it for hire. He begins building and installing sound systems for others.
1924-1928
1931

Sound Trucks

Harry begins using trucks to help elevate the loudspeakers. This practice becomes highly refined in subsequent years.
1931
1941-1945

World War II

Events and installations slowed. Harry took a job as a radio station engineer and ran his company part time on the side.
1941-1945
1947

Utah Pioneer Centennial

Systems and equipment inventory continue to build. Harry changes the name of his company to “Poll Sound Service” and is hired to provide sound for the Utah Pioneer Centennial trek from Winter Quarters, Nebraska to Salt Lake City, Utah.
1947
1948

First Storefront

Harry takes on a partner who is a specialist in television repair. The company name is changed to “Poll & Austin Sound Service.” Consumer audio and TV are sold out of our first storefront and 1099 South State Street in Salt Lake City.
1948
1955

Custom Sound by Poll

The Poll & Austin partnership ends and the company focuses strictly on sound systems. Installation and rental have grown substantially. The company name is again changed to “Custom Sound by Poll” and the company relocates to the corner of 17th South and 11th East in Salt Lake.
1955
1955-1969

HiFi and Organs

The company continues to grow, providing sound and intercom installations, repairs of commercial and consumer electronics, retail sales of HiFi, and of course, rental and sound services. A dealership for Conn Organs and Pianos was secured. The showroom included HiFi, organs, and pianos.
1955-1969
1969

On the Move Again

The company relocates to a dual location, 3068 and 3096 South Highland Drive. 3068 was commercial sound and Rental, 3096 was HiFi, pianos, and organs. The company name was again changed to “Poll’s Sound and Music.”
1969
1969-1974

Rock 'n' Roll

The company continues to grow, with installations and rental jobs over the entire intermountain region. The Rock 'n' Roll era was well underway and the company invests heavily in equipment to handle the need. The company begins building custom loudspeakers for installations.
1969-1974
1974

Change of Leadership

After 50 years of successful operation, the Poll Family sells the business to the Timothy family. Deward Timothy has been a long time employee and takes over management of the company. The organ and piano division was discontinued, the 3096 location was dropped. The name is changed slightly to “Poll Sound and Music.”
1974
1974-1979

Growth

The company continued to grow, more installations, more rentals and rental equipment.
1974-1979
1980

New building and Wood Shop

The company outgrows it's Highland Drive facility and moves to a larger building at 3473 South West Temple in Salt Lake. Sales of HiFi are discontinued, giving a greater focus on commercial sound. Repairs of consumer sound goods as well as commercial sound systems continued. A dedicated wood shop was added for building of loudspeaker cabinets.
1980
1981

Birth of an Icon

The first PSS-4 is built for our concert production system. By 1985, with dozens built, this loudspeaker begins to dominate our concert sound system.
1981
1985

Shorter, Simpler Name

With the discontinued repair of consumer equipment, the company name is shortened to “Poll Sound.”
1985
1987

Audio meets visual

While previously focusing on strictly audio, our first modern audiovisual system is installed in the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird resort. Having outgrown the West Temple location, the company moves to 4026 South Main Street in Salt Lake.
1987
1990

Fly Baby Fly

Concert sound start to tread toward hang loudspeakers rather than stacking them on the stage. All PSS-4 cabinets are retrofitted with flying hardware.
1990

COVID-19

While the current pandemic has drastically affected the entertainment industry. Poll Sound wants to assure their clients that all Poll Sound offices and departments remain active and available for work.

Poll Sound is actively completing current projects as well as bidding and pursuing new projects across all departments. In addition to our usual work practices we are also finding new and innovative ways to move forward in these trying times. We are now supporting live streams and drive-in events, as well as selling new items like extendable microphones and temperature-check tablets.

Though the current situation is unprecedented, Poll Sound has been in business for nearly 100 years. We have been through trying times before and we will come through this ready to go as communities reopen.

If you have an upcoming potential project, please reach out to us and we will work together to ensure success and the Audio Perfection for which Poll Sound is known.

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