MT-oldest U.S. MW station?

MT-oldest U.S. MW station?

Post by Joel Rubi » Thu, 18 May 1995 04:00:00

In 5/95 Monitoring Times, there was a little feature about WHA's
claim to being the oldest U.S. station. (Of course, the best known
such claim comes from KDKA.)

KCBS, San Francisco, started as Charles Herrold's KQW in San Jose
in 1921. Between 1912 and the banning of private radio for World
War I, Mr. Herrold had weekly broadcasts of music using a sort of
modulated spark transmission. During the San Francisco World's Fair
in 1915 ("Panama Pacific Exposition") Mr. Herrold broadcast daily
and receivers were set up at the fair, about 50 miles away.

Ergo, KCBS sometimes claims to be the oldest U.S. radio station,
going back to 1912.

 
 
 

MT-oldest U.S. MW station?

Post by Seifert, Ric » Thu, 18 May 1995 04:00:00


Quote:>In 5/95 Monitoring Times, there was a little feature about WHA's
>claim to being the oldest U.S. station. (Of course, the best known
>such claim comes from KDKA.)

Having worked my way through college at WHA, I'm familiar with the
"oldest station in the nation" claim.  There is some truth to it,
although, as you know, there are several other claims to that
distinction, all equally valid.

WHA feels that since they were in operation  (although broadcasting only
great lakes shipping info and weather during WW1) from the early ***s
on, the continuity of their broadcasts qualifies them for the first in
the nation distinction.  There is even a state historical marker outside
Vilas Hall in Madison (home of WHA - which BTW followed them over from
the old location in Radio Hall) relating the historical significance of
the station.

If you are interested in some great radio history, a trip to Radio Hall
is well worthwhile if in Madison.  On a lobby wall, about  35 by 10 feet,
is a handpainted mural of the early experimental days of 9XM (now WHA).
The mural depicts actual individuals involved with setting up the first
spark transmitters, manufacturing the tubes to be used, and the actual
transmitter/studio site.  Radio Hall itself has been designated a
national historical site.

Incidently, 9XM is now a ham callsign held by an individual working for
the state network.

WHA now occupies 970khz, with 4.7kw, (on a rheostat at night down to less
than 100 watts, but still covering the city) using a non-directional
antenna

On Wisconsin!:-)

Regards

Rick


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