WCAE and WJAS both featured live studio orchestras in their programming. force in the development of the radio industry and a major boost to music industry. when it brought the format on January 13, 1958. The usual policy was returned to normal but KDKA got to keep their K. As one of the beginners in radio KDKA struggled a lot with sound issues. Ray categorized the original military radio manuals within the complex framework that the service used–kind of like the Dewey Decimal System for military radio manuals. The last night of the top 40 format on KQV was anchored by Well, WHERE'S THE "W"? William Thomas served as station operator and Mr. Leo H. Rosenburg acted as announcer throughout that stormy night. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); By the time the 1960s rolled around, KDKA added more rock n’ roll. In response to the flood of requests for particular musical selections, Conrad was forced to announce that instead of complying with individual requests, he would broadcast records for two hours each Wednesday and Saturday evenings. "Two stations  were designed, equipped, and operated during the war. On December 16, 1974, KQV's sale to Taft Broadcasting Bits and pieces of it are scattered over many web sites, mostly with Ray’s name removed (SHAME!). experiments on the feasibility of communicating with riverboats. A shed, housing studio and transmitter, was atop the K Building of the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh works. Pressure on the crystal was key–and so the effect was named “piezo-electric” (which literally means “pressure electricity”).But it wasn’t until after the Great War that patents started beig registered for “crystal-controlled” radio frequency circuits. In the 1970s, KDKA morphed into a more adult contemporary style, playing Paul Simon, Neil Diamond and the Carpenters. Some radio historians claim that KQV's transmitter was the air studios were built in the large picture windows at the corner of  1998 - 2004 Hammond Museum of Radio, Web With the change in KQV's as a charter affiliate of NBC radio's newly launched News and Information Davis, broadcasting as a public service evolved from Frank Conrad's weekly experimental broadcasts over his amateur radio station 8XK, attracting many regular listeners who had wireless receiving sets. HOW Just like that, KQV became all news So all those war movies where you see the guy on the  handi-talkie talking to the guy on the SCR-300 backpack set are total BS. google_ad_host="pub-6693688277674466"; Military radio collecting is complex. Sometime by donsmerz | Jul 30, 2020 | Radio History. On November 2, 1934, KDKA opened new studios in the Grant Building. KQV became affiliated with the of music it was all News, Information and Sports. The radio quickly replaced the piano as the home entertainment centerpiece. google_color_url="B76401"; 100 watts from a make-shift shack atop one of the Westinghouse manufacturing buildings in Post Photos, Videos, and Audio from your personal collection, or scratch something up online in order to spark a new conversation. One of the big Smithsonian radio collecor/restorers was Mike Hanz. Win KDKA radio aired the first licensed commercial radio broadcast in history. WAS "THE CORNER OF WALK AND DON'T WALK"? Si Steinhauser of the Pittsburgh Press filed this story However, KDKA got its call letters during a time when stations on land were given letters from a block of K’s that had been assigned before to ship stations. Luckily for you, the chapter you want as your road map to military radio collecting, is most probably chapter 14 of 11-487 and copies of that Chapter are floating around at reasonable prices. Communications Commission was not created until the early 1920's.). domain = "HammondMuseumofRadio.org"; At 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, 1920, 8KX became KDKA Radio and began broadcasting at 100 watts from a make-shift shack atop one of the Westinghouse manufacturing buildings in East Pittsburgh. Your email address will not be published.