By Randall Davidson
Those phrases crackled within the headphones of crystal units round the state in 1921 because the college of Wisconsin radio station 9XM all started its usual agenda of voice publicizes. Randall Davidson presents the 1st accomplished heritage of the collage of Wisconsin radio station, WHA; affiliated state-owned station, WLBL; and the post-World battle II FM stations which are the spine of the community referred to now as Wisconsin Public Radio. 9XM conversing describes how, with do-it-yourself gear and ideas built from scratch, 9XM continued many struggles and have become a tangible instance of "the Wisconsin Idea," bringing the academic riches of the college to the entire state's citizens. From the start, these concerned with the radio station felt it's going to supply a provider for the sensible use of Wisconsin electorate. The book's informative chapters conceal the courses that allowed the medium of radio to learn farmers and homemakers, to convey world-class educators into remoted rural schoolrooms, and to educate humans in all places Wisconsin every thing from literature to historical past to touch-typing, lengthy ahead of somebody got here up with the time period "distance learning." Davidson concludes by means of discussing the declare that WHA has to the identify "Oldest Station within the Nation." This groundbreaking publication relies on archival fabrics courting again to the 1900s and contains dozens of old images and illustrations, lots of that have by no means been released before. Winner, e-book Award of benefit for most sensible Wisconsin heritage e-book, Wisconsin historic Society
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This allowed Miller to announce the forecast himself; he was probably the second radio weatherman in the United States. (University of Wisconsin Archives series 23/24/1, negative 15872-C) 18 Early Broadcasts from 9XM The 9XM transmitter used its new wavelength, 1,700 meters (176 kHz), for the weather transmission. The wording of an item in the Wisconsin State Journal of December 1 showed how unfamiliar nonenthusiasts were with the jargon of wireless. ” The telegraphic weather message included the forecast received from the Chicago weather bureau oﬃce and the temperature changes predicted for the next thirty-six hours.
Some modern underwriter statements on public radio stations (and advertisers on commercial stations, for that matter) are not in exchange for cash, but are “traded-out” for goods or services of use to the station.
WWJ and KDKA continue to operate today. Meanwhile, Hanson continued work on the new transmitter. In a letter to his mother on September 27, 1920, he excitedly related his hopes for the telephonic service. He told her that “wireless telephone will be the main work, very interesting, and if successful, it will give us a name over the whole country. m. m. 32 The new transmitter was completed in late October or early November 1920. , and several other locations. Hanson had a close call while working alone during one such nighttime test: I well remember one of these tests with Texas, when I had established good communication late one night, after a busy day and was making some adjustment.