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The First One Hundred Stations in the United States

(using data from Thomas White's research into the DOC files)

# License Date DOC # Original Calls Location Owner Current Calls Deleted
1 10/27/20 197 KDKA Pittsburgh, PA Westinghouse Electric & Mfg Co KDKA -1020  
2 5/--/21   WJZ New York, NY Westinghouse Electric & Mfg Co WABC - 770  
3 9/15/21   WBZ Boston, MA Westinghouse Electric & Mfg Co WBZ - 1030  
4 09/19/21 225 WDY Roselle Park, NJ Radio Corporation of America   2/20/23
5 09/29/21 232 WCJ New Haven, CT A. C. Gilbert Company   12/1/22
6 10/13/21 236 WJX New York, NY De Forest Radio Telephone & Telegr   6/ /24
7 10/13/21 238 KQL Los Angeles, CA Arno A. Kluge   6/9/22
8 10/13/21 239 WBL Detroit, MI Detroit News WWJ-950  
9 11/09/21 241 KYW KYW Chicago Westinghouse Electric & Mfg Co KYW-1060  
10 12/07/21 245 KWG Stockton, CA Portable Wireless Telephone Company    
11 12/08/21 243 WJH Washington, DC White & Boyer Company   3/26/24
12 12/08/21 244 KFC Seattle, WA Northern Radio & Electric Company   1/23/23
13 12/08/21 246 KDN San Francisco, CA Leo J. Meyberg Company   5/1/23
14 12/08/21 248 KGC Hollywood, CA Electric Lighting Supply Company KNX-1070  
15 12/08/21 259 KGB San Francisco, CA Edwin L. Lorden   3/23/22
16 12/09/21 250 KVQ Sacramento, CA J. C. Hobrecht   1/2/23
17 12/09/21 251 KZM Oakland, CA Preston D. Allen   6/23/31
18 12/09/21 252 KZC Los Angeles, CA Western Radio Electric Company   3/9/23
19 12/09/21 253 KZY Oakland, CA Atlantic-Pacific Radio Supplies   1/4/23
20 12/09/21 254 KYJ Los Angeles, CA Leo J. Meyberg Company   5/1/23
21 12/09/21 255 KQW San Jose, CA Charles D. Herrold KCBS-740  
22 12/20/21 256 KYY San Francisco, CA The Radio Telephone Shop   1/24/23
23 12/20/21 257 KJJ Sunnyvale, CA The Radio Shop   6/16/23
24 12/20/21 258 KJQ Stockton, CA C. O. Gould   4/ /25?
25 12/22/21 260 WDT New York, NY Ship Owners Radio Service   12/28/23
26 12/22/21 261 WDM Washington, DC Church of the Covenant   6/08/25
27 12/22/21 262 WDW Washington, DC DC Radio Construction & Electric Co   5/ /22
28 12/29/21 264 WOU Omaha, NE R. B. Howell   6/23/23
29 12/30/21 263 WMH Cincinnati, OH Precision Equipment Company   12/11/23
30 1/04/22 267 KLB Pasadena, CA J. J. Dunn & Company   4/25/23
31 1/04/22 268 KLP Los Altos, CA Colin B. Kennedy Company   3/09/23
32 1/09/22   KQV Pittsburgh, PA Doubleday-Hill Electric Company KQV-1410 transfer
33 1/10/22 272 WPB Pittsburgh, PA Newspaper Printing Company   5/05/22
34 1/13/22 275 WLB Minneapolis, MN University of Minnesota KUOM-770  
35 1/13/22 276 WHA Madison, WI University of Wisconsin WHA-970  
36 1/18/22 277 WNO Jersey City, NJ Wireless Telephone-Hudson County NJ   3/--/23 (?)
37 1/26/22 271 WDZ Toledo, OH Marshall-Gerken Company   1/02/23
38 1/26/22 281 WLK Indianapolis, IN Hamilton Manufacturing Company   6/01/23
39 2/03/22 284 WGH Montgomery, AL Montgomery Light & Water Power Co   6/05/22
40 2/04/22 285 WGY Schenectady, NY General Electric Company WGY-810  
41 2/07/22 289 WGI Medford Hillside, MA American Radio & Research Corp   4/--/27 (?)
42 2/08/22 287 WGL Philadelphia, PA Thomas F. J. Howlett   12/31/24
43 2/08/22 288 KGF Pomona, CA Pomona Fixture & Wiring Company   12/06/22
44 2/13/22 291 KUO San Francisco, CA Examiner Printing Company   1/21/26
45 2/16/22 292 WOK Pine Bluff, AR Pine Bluff Company   6/--/24
46 2/16/22 293 WOZ Richmond, IN Palladium Printing Company   4/09/23
47 2/17/22 294 WOQ Kansas City, MO Western Radio Company   6/14/34
48 2/18/22 296 WOC Rock Island, IL Karlowa Radio Company WOC-1420  
49 2/20/22 297 WOR Newark, NJ L. Bamberger & Company WOR-710  
50 2/20/22 298 WOH Indianapolis, IN Hatfield Electric Company   2/14/23
51 2/21/22 219 WBU Chicago, IL City of Chicago   11/07/23
52 2/21/22 300 WHK Cleveland, OH Warren R. Cox WHK-1420  
53 2/23/22 302 WOS Jefferson City, MO Missouri State Marketing Bureau   3/27/36
54 2/24/22 303 WFO Dayton, OH Rike-Kumler Company   11/28/22
55 2/24/22 304 WHQ Rochester, NY Rochester Times Union   10/02/22
56 2/24/22 305 WHW East Lansing, MI Stuart Seeley (US Weather Bureau)   1/16/23
57 2/24/22 306 WRK Hamilton, OH Doron Brothers Electric Company   9/29/30
58 2/28/22 307 KHQ Seattle, WA Louis Wasmer KAQQ-590  
59 2/28/22 308 KFU Gridley, CA The Precision Shop   7/22/22
60 2/28/22 309 WHU Toledo, OH William B. Duck Company   10/27/22
61 2/28/22 311 WJK Toledo, OH Service Radio Equipment Company   2/01/23
62 3/02/22 312 WLW Cincinnati, OH Crosley Manufacturing Company WLW-700  
63 3/02/22 313 WRL Schenectady, NY Union College   2/--/25
64 3/09/22   KJR Seattle, WA Vincent I. Kraft KJR-950  
65 3/10/22   KLS Oakland, CA Warner Brothers KDIA-1310  
66 3/10/22 315 KJKS Los Angeles, CA Bible Institute of Los Angeles KWKW-1330  
67 3/10/22 316 KLZ Denver, CO Reynolds Radio Company KLZ-560  
68 3/11/22 318 KSL San Francisco, CA The Emporium   6/16/23
69 3/11/22 319 WBS Newark, NJ D. W. May   7/18/62
70 3/11/22 320 KRE Berkeley, CA Maxwell Electric Company KVTO-1400  
71 3/13/22 213 WRR Dallas, TX City of Dallas KTCK-1310 transfer
72 3/14/22 325 WPM Washington, DC Thomas J. Williams   5/10/23
73 3/14/22 326 WRW Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Radio Research Lab   7/31/26
74 3/14/22 328 WIK McKeesport, PA K & L Electric Company   3/09/25
75 3/14/22 329 WIL Washington, DC Continental Electrical Supply   9/13/24
76 3/14/22 330 KSD Saint Louis, MO Post Dispatch KTRS-550  
77 3/14/22 331 WGR Buffalo, NY Federal Telephone & Telegraph WGR-550  
78 3/14/22 332 KGU Honolulu, HI Marion A. Mulrony KGU-760  
79 3/14/22 596 WGF Des Moines, IA The Register & Tribune   9/29/23
80 3/15/22 324 KGO Altadena, CA Altadena Radio Laboratory   8/21/23
81 3/15/22 327 KGG Portland, OR Hallock & Watson Radio Service   11/25/24
82 3/15/22 630 WSB Atlanta, GA Atlanta Journal WSB-750  
83 3/16/22 333 WHD Morgantown, WV West Virginia University   11/19/23
84 3/16/22 334 WSL Utica, NY J & M Electric Company   4/29/25
85 3/16/22 335 KDPT San Diego, CA Southern Electrical Company   3/19/25
86 3/16/22 336 WPA Fort Worth, TX Fort Worth Record   5/24/23
87 3/16/22 337 WKY Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma Radio Shop WKY-930  
88 3/17/22   WGM Atlanta, GA Atlanta Constitution   8/28/23
89 3/18/22 338 WHN Ridgewood, NY Ridgewood Times Printing & Publish WEVD-1050  
90 3/18/22 339 KHJ Los Angeles, CA C. R. Kierulff & Company KHJ-930  
91 3/18/22 340 KOP Detroit, MI Detroit Police Department   11/28/25
92 3/18/22 341 WBT Charlotte, NC Southern Radio Corporation WBT-1110  
93 3/18/22 342 WOO Philadelphia, PA John Wanamaker   2/20/29
94 3/18/22 345 WFI Philadelphia, PA Strawbridge & Clothier WFIL-560  
95 3/20/22 343 KOA Denver, CO Young Men's Christian Association   6/23/23
96 3/20/22 344 WIP Philadelphia, PA Gimbel Brothers WIP-610  
97 3/21/22 348 WRP Camden, NJ Federal Inst of Radio Telegraphy   8/20/23
98 3/21/22 349 WCN Worcester, MA Clark University   6/25/23
99 3/21/22 350 WJT Erie, PA Electric Equipment Company   10/21/22
100 3/21/22 351 WSX Erie, PA Erie Radio Company   1/26/23

The information and dates used were adapted from Thomas White's research.

*Since license grants were made merely upon request in the early days, some of the stations listed may never have actually gotten on the air at all.

Was KDKA first? Perhaps. Please, read on...

  • A discussion by Barry Mishkind about which station was on the air first.

Who's On First?

  • A discussion by Thomas White about which station was on the air first.

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