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
3:40 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1925-1926 School Year

Ad from November 14, 1925 issue of The Purdue Exponent.

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, October 15, 1925

WBAA to Broadcast Program Tomorrow

Concert to Feature Agricultural Talk and Selections By White's Dance Orchestra.

WBAA will broadcast the first evening program of the school year from the university radio station Friday night, beginning at 7:15 o'clock. The program will consist of an agricultural talk by some member of the faculty, followed by a concert of dance numbers by White's orchestra, and reading by Miss Olive Stallard.

Two Programs Each Week.

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History of WBAA
3:35 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1926-1927 School Year

WBAA transmitter panel in 1926
Purdue Engineer

The Purdue Engineering Review, Vol. 22, No. 1, p. 11, November 1926

New Electrical Engineering Building - Local Institution Possesses Largest Building Devoted Exclusively to Instruction in Electrical Engineering, by M. M. Boyd, E. E. '28

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History of WBAA
3:30 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1927-1928 School Year

The Purdue Exponent - Friday, September 23, 1927

WBAA Announces Programs For October and November

273 Meter Wave Length, 500 Watts Will Be Used--To Broadcast Home Football Games.

Announcement of the October and November programs which will be broadcast from the University radio station WBAA, beginning Monday night, Sept. 26, has been made, and reveals that a number of interesting talks, entertaining musical and stunt programs, football games and weather and market reports will be placed on the air.

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History of WBAA
3:25 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1928-1929 School Year

These photos were taken in 2011 in the attic of the EE (now ECE) Building. Note the smoke and soot covered boards on the left. This area is immediately above the location of WBAA at the time of the March 1929 fire.

The Purdue Exponent - Saturday, September 22, 1928

WBAA Reconstruction Nears Completion

Reconstruction work on WBAA is progressing rapidly and should put the University radio station back on the air in a short time. The rebuilding, under the direction of J. W. Stafford, was necessitated by a fire of several weeks ago which damaged much of the equipment.

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History of WBAA
3:20 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1929-1930 School Year

The Purdue Engineer, Vol. 25, No. 3, p. 98, December 1929

J. S. Stafford Attends Telephone Conference in Chicago

J. S. Stafford, of the E. E. Department, recently made a trip to Chicago where he met C. H. Bergmann of the Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Mfg. Co. Mr. Stafford, while he was there, also made tentative plans for a telephone conference with R. V. Achatz, arranged with Mr. Staterman, chairman, for telephone conference for next month.

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History of WBAA
3:14 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

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.

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History of WBAA
3:13 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1931-1932 School Year

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, September 17, 1931

Station WBAA Announces New Staff Organization

J. C. Bailey, R. H. Thockmorton, D. L. Conkright and E. F. Badger Receive Studio Advancements.

Station WBAA, the official radio broadcasting station of the University, last night announced the set-up of their organization for the semester through R. H. Throckmorton who is to be program director of the station this season.

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History of WBAA
3:10 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1932-1933 School Year

The Purdue Exponent - Sunday, September 25, 1932

J. W. Stafford Names Student Radio Staff

Bailey to Retain Position as Student Program Manager; Broadcasts Start October 3.

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History of WBAA
3:05 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1933-1934 School Year

Rear view of amplifier after rebuilding. Circa 1933.

The Purdue Engineer, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 11, October 1933

WBAA Rebuilt

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History of WBAA
3:04 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Broadcasting in the 1934-1935 School Year

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, September 20, 1934

WBAA Receives Fan Mail Acclaiming New Set-up

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