Geographic Collection – Continental US

Radio Stations for the Navajo Nation in the United States

The use of radio had an appeal to the Navajo in the pre-war years, and there were occasions when a tribal scene was enacted depicting the use of a receiver.  For example in October 1924, a photo was published in Radio News showing a Navajo mother with her baby at the rim of the Grand Canyon, listening to a broadcast on a radio receiver.

EMF Breaks Ground on New Tennessee HQ

Educational Media Foundation has broken ground for the construction of its new global headquarters near Nashville.

The World’s First Radio Weddings – Part 1

In our program today, we provide an answer to the probing question: What was the first radio wedding; that is, a real time wedding with a new husband and a new wife, that was broadcast live over a radio broadcasting station? As an answer, we examine a claim that was listed in a historic resume for the mediumwave station WSB in Atlanta Georgia.

The World’s First Radio Weddings – Part 2

Two more early Radio Weddings from the 1920s, broadcast over KDKA, Pittsburgh, USA, and 2MT in the UK.

Three International Radio Weddings

The first international radio wedding in our program today took place in Perth Western Australia on Saturday October 2, 1926, and it was described at the time as the first radio wedding in the history of Western Australia.  Back during that era, many radio weddings were broadcast live on radio in many parts of the world, and they were sometimes described as a publicity stunt to gain an increase in listenership.

American Shortwave Stations: On the Air in 1925

During the year 1925, there were just 5 shortwave stations on the air in the United States with a regular broadcasting schedule.  These pioneer stations were operated by 4 different radio companies.

Ancient DX Report – 1927

The American radio magazine Radio News for October 1927 presented a list of radio broadcasting stations that were recently monitored on shortwave. We have adjusted that list into a more modern format, and we present this off air monitoring information in frequency order.

KRFC Boosts Signal 16 Times Over From New Tower

Colorado-based radio station KRFC has just installed a new radio tower and RF facility, effectively boosting its signal more than 16 times to reach nearly 1 million Front Range residents.

How music radio station became ‘lifeline’ during LA Riots

On a typical day, KJLH-FM on Crenshaw Boulevard would play R&B and classic soul music for fans of Los Angeles. But when the LA Riots engulfed the city over several days in April 1992, KJLH-FM had a front row seat to the massive civil unrest.

Remembering Radio Doctors, Milwaukee’s Legendary Record Store

The other night during a Milwaukee visit enjoying the road show version of the Temptations’ Broadway hit Ain’t Too Proud with my wife, Susan Orr—former WYMS-FM dee-jay—I was reminded of the years I bought their records at Radio Doctors’ three locations: North Second and West Wells streets.; North Third Street and West Garfield Avenue, and North Third and W. Meinecke streets.

GatesAir’s 100 Years of History in Pictures

Photos span nearly all decades of the company’s existence, many of which have never been published.

KMFA Offers First Look Into New Texas Facilities

Texas’ KMFA Classical 89.5 will hold an open house this month to celebrate its new location.

WRMI at Heart of SW Broadcasts to Russia, Ukraine

During the Cold War, long-distance shortwave radio broadcasts from the BBC, Voice of America, and Radio Free/Europe/Radio Liberty pierced the Iron Curtain with trustworthy news programming. Today, this old medium is being revitalized through the efforts of volunteer groups and SW broadcasters to get through the new Iron Curtain.

KTRK / K-Truck 1670 kHz

For a few days in February 1996 the United States Army Broadcasting Service carried out test transmissions of a transportable AM-band radio station, housed in a truck, prior to deployment to Europe.

Eclipse Broadcasts from Airplanes

Eclipse historians inform us that the first attempt to observe a solar eclipse from an airplane took place for an aerial observation of the Great American Eclipse which traversed the entire continental United States on June 8, 1918. This first occasion was a simple flight into the zone of totality with no attempt at any scientific research.

The Search for an old Historic Shortwave Station KUSW

In 1939, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints which is headquartered in Salt Lake City in Utah was interested in getting on the air on shortwave. They struck a deal through their mediumwave station KSL to buy shortwave station W9XAA…

What Happened to the Famous KDKA Shortwave Station at Saxonburg?

During its 20 years of operation in the Pittsburgh area, the Westinghouse KDKA stations utilized a dozen or more main and subsidiary shortwave transmitters, ranging in power from less than one kW right up to 50 kW.

Radio Weddings – Part 1

In this feature we present Part 1 in an interesting series of wedding events under the title, Radio Weddings. We begin our first story way back more than one hundred years ago, at the time when the coastal steamer SS Princess Anne was commuting the Atlantic coast of the United States.

KNKR Kohala Radio, Hawaii

Radio waves North Kohala, a district encompassing three small towns on the volcanic coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, is well known for its rugged beaches,…

KDKA Shortwave in Pittsburgh: Four Locations

The first location for KDKA mediumwave and shortwave was atop the eight story high Building K at the Westinghouse factory at East Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Building K was the tallest building in this large manufacturing complex and the fledgling KDKA, studio and transmitter, was installed in a wooden shack at the western end of this flat roof.

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