By Randall Davidson

ISBN-10: 0299218708

ISBN-13: 9780299218706

ISBN-10: 0299218732

ISBN-13: 9780299218737

Those phrases crackled within the headphones of crystal units round the nation in 1921 because the collage of Wisconsin radio station 9XM started its average agenda of voice proclaims. Randall Davidson offers the 1st entire historical past of the college of Wisconsin radio station, WHA; affiliated state-owned station, WLBL; and the post-World struggle II FM stations which are the spine of the community referred to now as Wisconsin Public Radio. 9XM conversing describes how, with selfmade gear and concepts built from scratch, 9XM continued many struggles and have become a tangible instance of "the Wisconsin Idea," bringing the tutorial riches of the collage to the entire state's citizens. From the start, these concerned with the radio station felt it's going to supply a provider for the sensible use of Wisconsin voters.     The book's informative chapters conceal the courses that allowed the medium of radio to learn farmers and homemakers, to convey world-class educators into remoted rural schoolrooms, and to educate humans everywhere Wisconsin every little thing from literature to historical past to touch-typing, lengthy earlier than somebody got here up with the time period "distance learning." Davidson concludes by way of discussing the declare that WHA has to the identify "Oldest Station within the Nation." This groundbreaking publication is predicated on archival fabrics courting again to the 1900s and comprises dozens of old photographs and illustrations, a lot of that have by no means been released before. Winner, publication Award of advantage for top Wisconsin heritage booklet, Wisconsin ancient Society  

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29 A. S. 30 A former student recalled that RCA of Canada offered Terry a position with a yearly salary of $25,000, but Terry chose to remain in Madison for one-fifth that amount. ”31 The Army Signal Corps work in 1918 increasingly used wireless telephony as the equipment improved. The army may have decided on this course once it saw how advanced the university’s operation was. Frederick W. Nolte, one of the operators during this period, recalled that most of the work was done during daylight hours on an irregular schedule, at times designated by the army.

13 14 Early Broadcasts from 9XM Some foreign wireless operations had been thinking along the same lines. During World War I the German government used wireless for what some claim were the first propaganda broadcasts. 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.

On one occasion a recording of the school fight song “On Wisconsin” was transmitted repeatedly while Terry and his students were making equipment tests and adjustments. 10 There is also evidence that 9XM sent out both weather and farm market reports telegraphically during this time. 11 L. L. 13 Agriculture departments at colleges and universities were on the mailing list, so that may have been where the 9XM operators got their copy of the material, if not directly. Years later another former student, C.

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