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.

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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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History of WBAA
4:10 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1922-1923 School Year

The Purdue Exponent - Saturday, September 23, 1922

W.B.A.A. Broadcasts First Regular Program of Year - Modlin Chief Operator.

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History of WBAA
4:05 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1923-1924 School Year

The Purdue Exponent - Sunday, February 17, 1924

Purdue Union Will Broadcast Weekly Musical Programs

Beginning About May 1, Campus Musical Organizations Will Be Invited to Furnish Programs.

To Use Station WBAA.

Room of New Union Building to Be Set Aside Permanently for Use as Broadcasting Station.

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History of WBAA
4:00 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

WBAA Moves and Grows

New Electrical Engineering building after construction, circa 1926. Note the towers which held the WBAA antenna. The studio was located on the top floor just to the right of the main entrance.

October 2, 1928

WBAA is broadcasting at 1100 kHz with a power of 500 watts. The Federal Radio commission notified the station that effective November 11, 1928, WBAA would move to 1400 kHz. The station would share time on the same frequency with WKBF, Indianapolis, and WCMA, Culver, Indiana, both broadcasting with 500 watts...WBAA getting one-seventh of the time, WCMA two-sevenths, and WKBF four-sevenths. By now WBAA is in the new EE Building.

History of WBAA
3:55 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1924-1925 School Year

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, November 13, 1924

Agricultural Talks to Be Broadcasted

Members of Agriculture and Extension Departments Will Speak

Arrangements have been made to broadcast a series of talks on agricultural topics at the University radio station WBAA every Friday evening at 7:15 o'clock. Most of the talks will be given by members of the agriculture extension departments.

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History of WBAA
3:45 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Earliest License

The earliest existing WBAA license.

July 31, 1930     This is the earliest station license in existence at WBAA. None of the earlier licenses survived.

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