9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea by Randall Davidson

By Randall Davidson

This is the interesting historical past of the cutting edge paintings of Wisconsin's academic radio stations, from the 1st broadcast through experimental station 9XM on the collage of Wisconsin to the community of stations identified this present day as Wisconsin Public Radio. Randall Davidson presents the 1st accomplished heritage of the collage of Wisconsin radio station, WHA; affiliated state-owned station, WLBL; and the post–World warfare II FM stations that shaped the WPR community. Davidson describes how, with do-it-yourself apparatus and ideas built from scratch, 9XM turned a tangible instance of "the Wisconsin Idea," bringing the academic riches of the collage to the entire state's residents.

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The scheduling of a program in the evening suggests that Terry and his staff were looking to expand the listenership beyond the intended farm audience of the midday weather broadcasts. The staff at the Press Bulletin continued to demonstrate its skill at attracting publicity: a nearly verbatim version of the item about the Friday concerts ran in the New York Times on February 6, despite the fact that New Yorkers would not in theory be able to hear the programs. ” To host the music program, Terry enlisted the assistance of Professor Edgar B.

Called by the signal corps to discuss the training of wireless personnel. 25 On October 18, 1918, the Daily Cardinal reported that more than 450 men would be sent to the Madison campus for radio training. In the early weeks of 1918 9XM had moved its operation to the new physics building. For several months during the transition period wireless operations were carried on simultaneously from the old location in Science Hall and the new station in the physics building. This allowed the navy experiments to continue without interruption and made it possible to send messages, some telephonic, between the two wireless operations on campus.

4 Another example of the potential for broadcasting came on June 18, when a commercial wireless station in Milwaukee sent a general message: “Serious trouble on border. 6 In the fall of 1916 Terry decided to rebuild the station to use a different wavelength. The 9XM transmitter had been operating regularly at 900 meters (333 kHz) but was encountering interference from a commercial wireless station in Milwaukee. 7 Because the equipment had been modified, the station had to get a new license. However, because the university itself now held the license for 9XM, the relicensing had to go through the office of the university president, Charles Van Hise, who contacted Benjamin W.

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