Broadcast History - June 7

Broadcast History - June 7

Postby jon » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:03 pm

In 1932, the FCC's predecessor, the Federal Radio Commision (FRC) issued a Construction Permit (CP) for WLW Cincinnati to experiment with 500,000 watts as W8XO. On May 2, 1934, WLW was given a 5 year Special Temporary Authority (STA) to broadcast with 500,000 watts on the frequency where it remains to this day, 700 KHz. Despite numerous applications by others, WLW remains the only U.S. AM (broadcast band/medium wave) station to broadcast with more than 50,000 watts. But it was not until 1980 that the FCC officially made a ruling limiting AM stations to 50,000 watts. That same ruling also eliminated 1-A Clear Channels: frequencies where a single U.S. station was licensed to a frequency where no other station in the continental U.S., Canada or Mexico was allowed to broadcast at night.

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In 1954, CHCH-TV Hamilton (Ontario) officially signed on, broadcasting programs from the CBC, NBC, ABC and Dumont networks. CHML-AM owner Ken Soble was the CHCH-TV station manager and the force behind getting the station on the air. He had been turned down for a Hamilton station in 1948 and 1949 because the CBC, which also licensed radio and television stations at the time, had reserved for itself the only channel allocated to Hamilton, despite having no plans to put a television station on the air there. In 1952, the federal government announced that private stations would be allowed in cities where the CBC had no stations of its own, and CHCH-TV was licensed. But the huge demand of television transmitters at the time led to a two year delay in actually putting the station on the air.

In 1959, KLX-AM Oakland (California) became KEWB-AM to match call letters with KFWB-AM in Los Angeles and KDWB-AM in Minneapolis, all three pioneering Top 40 stations. Today, KEWB is KNEW, after purchasing the call letters from KJRB Spokane in the mid-'60s.

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In 1967, Voice of Israel Radio broadcast live what is to Jews one of the most important events in their modern history: Israel's military entry into Jerusalem's Old City and the Western Wall. Today is now an Israeli national holiday known as Jerusalem Day. A transcript of the broadcast can be found at http://www.isracast.com/Articles/Article.aspx?ID=180
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