History of WAAO, Charleston

WAAO was the first radio station in Charleston, and the second licensed radio station in West Virginia. The station was licensed on April 10, 1922, and the license was deleted on Dec. 1, 1922. The licensee was Radio Service Company, and the main purpose of the station was probably to help the company sell radios. WAAO operated on 360 meters (833 kHz).

On July 6, 1922, the Charleston Daily Mail reported, “Due to changes that are being made in the transmitting set at station WAAO of the Radio Service company, the regular programme that is broadcasted every evening, the service will be discontinued for several days. The transmitting set is being moved from the top floor of the Solof building to the offices of the company on the first floor.”


Charleston Daily Mail, June 6, 1922

Charleston Daily Mail, June 10, 1922

Charleston Daily Mail, June 14, 1922

Charleston Daily Mail, June 15, 1922

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