This is the US Station History section of
The Broadcast Archive

Maintained by:
Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer
Last Update 3/2/11

Classic Sites

Especially in the 1930s and 1940s, many radio stations were built to show that they were (and some still are) special places where broadcasting happens.  For many years, especially when the sites were manned, tours were common. Some stations even issued tour brochures to their visitors; WLW was one of them. Here are a few more examples of why many people used to think the local radio station was special:

A lot of people think WJR is a good example of a great looking station. 

The Art Deco appearance is almost cathedral-like.

The WGY Schenectady, NY
As with many stations in the 1930s and 1940s, KFXD, Nampa, ID had an auditorium for live programs.

KWEI, Weiser, ID

Although a little overgrown in this picture, you can see how impressive this site was when it was manned.


The KFXD transmitter site really looks like middle America


Boom Box City


One of the best. One of my favorites. I just had to feature it on the cover of Radio Guide...


From "Down Under"  - 2BH, Broken Hill