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A Radio Service That Might Have Been

By Denny Sanders on Feb 7, 2018 3:27:00 PM

With the diminishment or the actual shutting down of AM radio in many parts of the world, there is one advantage of AM which should not be forgotten: The potential coverage of large areas of geography.

Some years ago, when the FCC proposed expanding the AM band to 1700 kHz, I had an idea.

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Topics: Radio History, AM Radio, Broadcast History

A National Treasure: WSM Nashville

By Denny Sanders on Jan 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

The Friday before Christmas, I was driving from Cleveland to Troy, NY, to pick up my daughter and bring her back to Cleveland to celebrate the holiday with the rest of the family. It’s about a nine-hour drive, so I had plenty of time to listen to my music files, internet streams, Pandora, SiriusXM, or the old reliable radio.

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Topics: Radio History, Broadcast History, WSM Nashville

Found in the Attic: Atwater Kent Model 84

By Tom Vernon on Jun 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

From the dawn of broadcasting in the early1920s through the mid-1930s, the name Atwater Kent was synonymous with top-quality radios. Their commitment to excellence, in both cabinet construction and electronic assembly, is one of the reasons so many of their sets are still around and in working condition. There are several A-Ks in the attic, but none have been featured in FitA. Until now. This month, the 1932 Model 84 will be showcased, along with a history of the man and his company.

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Topics: Vintage Radio Technology, Vintage Electronics, Radio History

The Quest for the Perfect Control Room

By Paul Randall Dickerson on Feb 22, 2017 2:45:00 AM

The arrangement of equipment in radio studio control rooms was often the result of a tussle between programmers and engineers. In one extreme, the control room may have been a dream for jocks to operate, but a nightmare for techs to service. Too far the other way, and you had a setup that could be easily serviced, but required an octopus to operate. Most were a compromise (although some would be better termed a stalemate).

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Topics: Radio History, Studio Technology, Broadcast Engineering

Saul Levine: FM Radio Pioneer

By Denny Sanders on Jul 31, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Saul Levine, one the pioneers of FM radio in Los Angeles, has been operating KKGO 105.1 since February 1959. Through his company, Mount Wilson Broadcasting, KKGO is the oldest, independent FM station in Los Angeles and one of the very few independent FMs remaining in any major market.

The station originally signed on as KBCA, became KKGO, then KMZT, then returned to the KKGO call letters in 2007. The station began as a classical music outlet, then had a long-running jazz format, returned to classical, and finally adopted a successful country music format.

Recently, Omnia Brand and Marketing Manager Denny Sanders spoke with Saul Levine at his Los Angeles headquarters.

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Topics: Radio History

The EKKO Stamp Fad with Philip Mulivor

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jun 23, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Nearly 100 years ago radio stations were so new the owners didn’t know who was listening or where. Without the Internet or even many telephones gathering listener reports was spotty. Then the EKKO company hit on a stroke of genius: Radio EKKO Stamps and collector’s books to fill with them. Radio historian and electronics professor, Philip Mulivor, joins us to reveal the fascinating story of early radio listening, and keeping track of stations with EKKO stamps.

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Topics: Radio History

Ted Alexander: Radio Fan Engineers Amazing Broadcast Career

By Dave Sarkies on May 22, 2014 9:20:00 AM

If it can be done in radio, Ted Alexander has probably done it. Broadcast Engineer, Disc Jockey, Talk Show Host, Traffic Reporter, Voiceover Artist… and now Support Specialist for The Telos Alliance. Ted’s career in the industry spans more than five decades – impressive enough – but his interest in radio goes back as far as he can remember. “Before I could walk,” Ted says, “lying on my back in bed… the buttons on my clothes looked like buttons on a radio, and I thought ‘If I could somehow push a button and make radio come out…’ To this day, I’m as fascinated with radio as I ever was.”

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Topics: Radio, Radio History

Lee Sherwood's Radio Journey: Stella Nebraska to Major Market Hitmaker

By Geoff Steadman on Apr 16, 2014 12:13:00 PM

My uncle was a guy with a golden voice and a master story teller’s delivery. He could have read the ingredients on a box of cake mix and make you want to listen.

From my early memories of the promotional LP’s that he sent my dad, to the WQAM Tiger sweatshirt my mom used to wear around the house, having your father’s only sibling on the radio brought our industry into my young mind.

With little warning, cancer took him from us in February. He left an enormous digital footprint of creativity, accomplishment and contribution to broadcasting. I proudly write in tribute to his legacy.

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Topics: Radio History

Radio In The Ranks: The AFRTS Audio Archive

By Tom Vernon on Jun 28, 2013 4:14:00 PM

For Americans posted overseas in combat or peacekeeping duty, US Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) has been a constant companion to men and women in uniform for over 70 years, beginning with its World War II origins as the Armed Forces Radio Service. Although the service's origin was to support the troops in battle areas (like WWII London), AFRS and AFRTS personnel have been stationed nearly everywhere there was a US outpost, from Riyadh to the DEW Line installation in the Aleutian Islands.

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Topics: Radio History

Save KRE!

By Tom Vernon on Jul 7, 2012 3:26:00 PM

It has been dubbed the West Coast center devoted to all things radio. But today, the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) is in danger of losing its headquarters. The beautifully-restored art deco KRE building that has been home to CHRS, the Bay Area Radio Museum (with its hundreds of vintage San Francisco airchecks, listenable on-line), and Hall of Fame for the past nine years, is being sold. The landlord has gone into bankruptcy, and CHRS must quickly raise $750,000 to purchase the building.

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Topics: Radio History


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