History of WBAA
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Broadcasting in the 1930-1931 School Year
The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, October 2, 1930
WBAA Plans To Broadcast Home Games At 1000 Watts
University radio station WBAA, has received permission from the Federal Radio commission in Washington, D.C., to operate at 1000 watts for the four home football games instead of the former 500 watts, according to Prof. J. W. Stafford, head of the communication department of the school of electrical engineering.
Many improvements have been made in the station equipment since last year, including electrolytic condensers and filament choke coils, which will reduce hum to a minimum. The aerial has also been improved by tuning it nearer the fundamental frequency assigned by the radio commission, and by supporting it with pyrex insulators with electrostatic shields.
It is suggested that listeners who experience difficulty n getting clear reception try disconnecting their aerial or ground, or both, and cut their volume control to a minimum. The modern sets have a switch which provides for close station reception, but this is not embodies in the older sets.
In the near future programs of University news flashes will be broadcast which will give local listeners brief accounts of the activities of the University.
The Purdue Exponent - Saturday, November 1, 1930
WBAA To Broadcast Music, Talk Monday
Reifers' concert orchestra, Professor S. Hollister of the school of civil engineering, and Gaynelle Campbell, soloist, will furnish the program which will be broadcast over the University's radio station, WBAA, next Monday, November 3 at 7 o'clock.
Professor Hollister's talk will be in the form of a sketch of the life of James B. Eads, building of the first bridge across the Mississippi river. Miss Campbell's part of the program as a guest soloist will include two bits from "The Desert Song", accompanied by the orchestra. The soloist, a junior in the University, carried a leading role in the 1920 Harlequin show "Kntja", and is a member of the girls' glee club.
The fifteen piece orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Reiers, has played the scores for numerous University shows, including the Little Theatre and Harlequin stage presentations. Its part of the program will include "American Eagle", a march; "Lustpiel", overture; "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers"; selections from "The Desert Song" (by special permission of the copyright owners); "Characteristic Ghost Dance," and On the Mall", a march by Goldman.
The Purdue Exponent - Tuesday, November 11, 1930
Captain Fred Goldsmith Talks Over Station WBAA
Captain Fred Goldsmith delivered a short speech last night over station WBAA on the subject "Armistice day, its origin and observance." The speech was written by Captain Lloyd M. Hanna, who is on the detached officers' list of the field artillery and is the head of the Lafayette officers reserve corps. Information on the methods of continuing the instruction of the reserve officers for the United State Army as well as the Armistice Day subject, was included in the talk.
Miller Welch and his dance orchestra, formerly known as the Blue Moon Serenaders, which is composed of five university students and five others from Lafayette and West Lafayette High schools furnished the musical portion of the program, Clyde Byers giving the vocal refrains. The program was announced by R. H. Throckmorton, assistant program manager, who also read news flashes at the beginning of the program.
The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, December 18, 1930
Union Committee Schedules WBAA Broadcast Saturday
Program Will Start at 7:00 o'clock; To Include Speech, Classical and Popular Music.
Radio listeners of station WBAA will hear the Memorial Union give the second of its series of broadcasts Saturday night from seven thirty to eight thirty o'clock. This program is a continuation of the Union policy of presenting a program of radio entertainment at least once a month.
Opening the broadcast, William Shotols, pianist, will play a group of selections headed by "Yours and Mine," "Sweet Jennie Lee," and "When the Organ Plays at Twilight". He will be followed by Gordon Myers, young mascot of the glee clubs, who will give two readings, "Lame Jimmies Christmas," and "Circus Days". Miss Catherine Palma will appear next on the program playing two harp selections, after which L. B. Neuendorf will bring the music back to the modern vein with three popular numbers on the accordion. The musical portion of the hour will then be closed by the men's glee club quartet singing "In the Garden of Tomorrow" and "Winter Song."
From eight twenty until eight thirty o'clock, Mr. J. L. Weinland, of the extension department of the pharmacy school plans to speak on "Extension Work in Pharmacy." The entire program is under the direction of a Union committee composed of F. A. Doeppers, Evelyn Swain, Betty King, Donna Fearheiley, J. C. Bailey, J. F. Eichorn, G. A. James, and C. W. Gilkes.
The Purdue Exponent - Sunday, January 11, 1931
WBAA Will Broadcast Special AG. Programs
Speakers From Agriculture Conference and Local Musical Talent to Appear on Broadcasts.
By special arrangement with her sister station, WKBF, in Indianapolis, University radio station WBAA will broadcast six half hour programs during the coming week, featuring the Agricultural conference with speakers from the conference and local musical talent. The programs will be broadcast at 12:30 to 1:00 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and at 3:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The station operates on a wave length of 214.2 meters with a frequency of 1400 kilocycles.
The program which has been tentatively arranged is as follows: Monday: talks by D. H. Doane, of St. Louis, and Dean J. H. Skinner; music by men's glee club quarter and Charlotte Friend. Tuesday: talks by Dr. J. G. Dickson, University of Wisconsin, and Dean Mary L. Matthews; music by Farm Bureau quartet. Wednesday: talks by A. J. Glover, editor of Hoard's Dairyman, and Dr. L. Caesar, Ontario Agricultural Experiment station; music by the Pitchers Four.
News Flashes Tomorrow.
The regular program will be broadcast tomorrow night from 7 to 8 will consist of campus news flashes and a talk concerning the Agricultural conference activities. The final portion of the program will consist of the latest musical recordings, among which will be included the record made by the University band. Requests for recordings will be played as long as time permits.
Returns from the test program broadcast Dec. 21 for the benefit of the Newark DX club show that 116 listeners at distances up to 1,000 miles heard the program satisfactorily. A recent report states that listeners throughout Minnesota are able to receive the local programs, although no letters were sent in.