History of American Broadcasting
WHAT’S NEW: I have added some sound files (mostly old radio newscasts) here.
An article by Jim Hilliker about the early days of Warner Brothers station KFWB was added on Dec. 6, 2015, here.
AM broadcasting history
- Meanings of requested call letters of the 1920s
- Various articles:
- New York City AM Calls, by Bob Harrison
- A chronology of AM broadcasting 1900-1960
- Broadcasting magazine special issues of
- World shortwave stations as of 1926
- U. S. and Candian shortwave stations as of 1947
- Radio station slogans in the 1920s and 1930s
- A Broadcast Engineering article on the 1965 blackout
- From the 1947 Broadcasting Yearbook an article Radio Highlights and Headlines: 1946
- UPI Wire Reports from 1963 and 1969
- War of the Worlds (1938)
- Amos 'n' Andy Part 1, Part 2
- The Hindenburg broadcast
- CBS Radio
- KFSG - Debunking the Myth of the McPherson Telegram to Hoover
- KFWB - Celebrating the 90th Anniversary
- KFWO and Catalina Island Radio
- KGFJ Los Angeles - The Original 24-Hour Station
- Mutual Network
- Radio and the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics
- College Football on Los Angeles Radio 1922-1942
- Early Canadian and Mexican radio station lists
- Lists of U. S. radio stations from:
- Network-affiliated AM stations from 1949
- Elizabeth McLeod's 100 Old Time Radio Moments of the Century
- Some Internet posts about World War II radio broadcasts
- Which was the first U. S. radio station?
- Oldest surviving airchecks
- The Academy Awards on Radio
- An article on "Educational Radio's First Rural Station," WBKY
FM broadcasting history
- A Broadcasting article from 1947: "142 FM Stations Operating in 33 States"
- A list of the earliest U. S. FM stations
- Various articles:
- New York City FM calls
- A chronology of early FM broadcasting
- Lists of U. S. FM, apex, and high frequency stations from:
another 1942 list,
Feb. 1942 list,
- The most powerful FM stations
TV broadcasting history
- Various articles
- What became of TV channel 1?
- A TV Guide article from January 1964 describing TV coverage of the Kennedy assassination
- A chronology of early TV broadcasting
- Lists of U. S. TV stations from:
- U. S. TV Channel Allocations as of
This site is maintained by Jeff Miller.
I also maintain these sites:
History of Broadcasting in West Virginia,
Some History of Tampa-St. Petersburg Radio,
and a page about WDBS,
the old campus radio station at Duke University.