WBAA History

WBAA was licensed on April 4, 1922 as an AM station. Please take some time to browse through our long history. If you have additional details about our history, please email WBAA AM & FM.

Keep checking back here as new material will be added in the weeks and months to come.

Special thanks to Dave Samuelson and Aaron Fiddler who have assisted with the content of these pages.

New audio content was posted on November 30, 2012.


History of WBAA
10:29 am
Wed April 4, 2012

WBAA celebrates 90 years on the air

April 4, 1922 ~ WBAA AM is licensed by the U. S. Department of Commerce under Herbert Hoover.

Ninety years later, the station is still going strong, along with companion stations 101.3 FM HD 1 and 2.

Here is a video outlining the history of WBAA.


History of WBAA
8:17 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Voices of Purdue: Marking 90 Years of WBAA on Air

Read a new history of WBAA written by Jeanne Norberg, Voices of Purdue: Marking 90 Years of WBAA on Air, in the January/February 2012 issue of the Purdue Alumnus.

History of WBAA
4:26 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Before WBAA

The Purdue Exponent - Tuesday, September 7, 1920

Much Equipment Added to Station

Radio Course to Be Opened Soon

Experiments to Obtain Ideal Aerial for Radio Station Improve Results

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History of WBAA
4:20 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

April 4, 1922

The EE building, first home of WBAA.

WBAA received its license to operate on this date, April 4, 1922, however there was no notice in the news until later in the month.

The Purdue Exponent - Tuesday, April 4, 1922


Conference Radio News Service to Suspend Operations Next Week


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History of WBAA
4:15 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

The Beginning of WBAA

The 9YB code station operated by Prof. Achatz.

The Purdue Exponent - Saturday, April 22, 1922

New License Issued Radio Station Here

"9YB" Classed as An Official Broadcasting Point and Designated "W.B.A.A."

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