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(Radio World)   100 years ago, America's first real radio station began broadcasting in Pittsburgh. To oscillate your tubes, here are some gory tech and engineering details on how Westinghouse put KDKA on the air   (radioworld.com) divider line
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2020-10-26 4:57:31 PM  
And then they bought into the Rush Limbaugh Show thereby poisoning Pittsburgh for 30 years.

This WAS a great radio station until 1990 or so. Fat Fred Honsberger morphed into Limbaugh Jr. They stopped broadcasting Pirate Baseball. fark KDKA.
 
2020-10-26 6:51:24 PM  
WDVE?
 
2020-10-26 6:58:04 PM  

SleepyWeasel: WDVE?


DVE's not here.

Cheech and Chong-Dave's not here.wmv
Youtube rtDAK7Umk7A
 
2020-10-26 7:04:22 PM  

SleepyWeasel: WDVE?


'DVE was originally KDKA-FM but somehow, it didn't last long. I'm going to have to review reality since my memory isn't very reliable from many years ago. Long term memory.

WYDD-FM was the hot "free form" station back in the day. Free form meant a DJ could choose a tune on an album listed on recipe cards. But they did play Vangelis with some regularity.
 
2020-10-26 7:40:27 PM  
700WLW has been around for almost as long. Powell Crosley even made an inexpensive radio so more people could listen to the station he started. I wish I had one. Those are pretty cool.
 
2020-10-26 9:47:59 PM  

WTFDYW: 700WLW has been around for almost as long. Powell Crosley even made an inexpensive radio so more people could listen to the station he started. I wish I had one. Those are pretty cool.


It's amazing how quickly broadcast radio took off.  WKY in OKC went on the air on March 16, 1922, about a week before WLW. By the end of 1922 the FCC was issuing 4 letter callsigns.
 
2020-10-26 10:33:59 PM  

WTFDYW: Crosley


From what I understand it first was 500,000 watts because receiver sensitivity was so bad but at that power level so was interference, reportedly causing bedsprings to sing.
 
2020-10-26 11:10:59 PM  
Every now and then I get asked why a station east of the Mississippi has call letters starting with a K.
At the time, K was assigned to ship stations, but there was a brief period of time where brand new land stations were also assigned K.
 
2020-10-26 11:32:14 PM  
The radio broadcast doesn't interest me much. (After all, no one would have heard it. Who would buy a radio before there are any radio stations?)

But the development of the pick-up to broadcast records is interesting.
 
2020-10-27 1:16:31 AM  
Whoa.  On a whim I Googled the name of a great-grand aunt who sang on WKY when they were part of NBC's early network.  IIRC they had member stations from east to west coast that would take turns providing their own entertainment.

Anyway, I found a picture and mention of my ggg aunt on page 24 of Radio Digest, November 1928:

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2020-10-27 3:46:45 AM  

SansNeural: ggg aunt


Phrasing?
 
2020-10-27 7:54:30 AM  
Interesting story..
I collect old electronics as a hobby, and bought an old Webcor reel to reel recorder at a junk store for a couple of bucks (like the one below). I had the thing for years until my girlfriend at the time tried to move it and found out that that bottom trim board you see in the picture is actually a storage drawer. Inside were several recordings from a radio station, one of which is a live recording of Eisenhower's inauguration.  I never knew it was there...

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2020-10-27 12:01:19 PM  

amigafin: Interesting story..
I collect old electronics as a hobby, and bought an old Webcor reel to reel recorder at a junk store for a couple of bucks (like the one below). I had the thing for years until my girlfriend at the time tried to move it and found out that that bottom trim board you see in the picture is actually a storage drawer. Inside were several recordings from a radio station, one of which is a live recording of Eisenhower's inauguration.  I never knew it was there...

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CSB!
 
2020-10-27 12:32:47 PM  

lindalouwho: amigafin: Interesting story..
I collect old electronics as a hobby, and bought an old Webcor reel to reel recorder at a junk store for a couple of bucks (like the one below). I had the thing for years until my girlfriend at the time tried to move it and found out that that bottom trim board you see in the picture is actually a storage drawer. Inside were several recordings from a radio station, one of which is a live recording of Eisenhower's inauguration.  I never knew it was there...

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CSB!


Amen!  Digitize that stuff!
 
2020-10-27 1:43:04 PM  

lindalouwho: amigafin: Interesting story..
I collect old electronics as a hobby, and bought an old Webcor reel to reel recorder at a junk store for a couple of bucks (like the one below). I had the thing for years until my girlfriend at the time tried to move it and found out that that bottom trim board you see in the picture is actually a storage drawer. Inside were several recordings from a radio station, one of which is a live recording of Eisenhower's inauguration.  I never knew it was there...

[Fark user image image 850x637]

CSB!


Awesome story!  I hope Amigafin still has that stuff.
 
2020-10-27 8:53:28 PM  
Yep, still have it!
 
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