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.

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.

Broadcasting in the 1925-1926 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, October 15, 1925 WBAA to Broadcast Program Tomorrow Concert to Feature Agricultural Talk and Selections By Whites Dance Orchestra. WBAA will broadcast the first evening program of the school year from the university radio station Friday night, beginning at 7:15 oclock. The program will consist of an agricultural talk by some member of the faculty, followed by a concert of dance numbers by Whites orchestra, and reading by Miss Olive Stallard. Two Programs Each...

Broadcasting in the 1926-1927 School Year

Nov 17, 2011
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 The opening of school at Purdue University this fall marked the complete occupancy of the largest building in the country devoted exclusively to instruction in electrical engineering. This building, a picture of which is shown on the cover, was designed in...

Broadcasting in the 1927-1928 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

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...

Broadcasting in the 1928-1929 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

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. The station will conduct broadcasts on Monday and Friday evenings during the school term and will put all the major events on the air. Work...

Broadcasting in the 1929-1930 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

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. Mr. Stafford later visited the radio show at the...

Broadcasting in the 1930-1931 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

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...

Broadcasting in the 1931-1932 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

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. J. C. Bailey, who was program director of WBAA last year has advanced to the...

Broadcasting in the 1932-1933 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

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. J. W. Stafford, who is in charge of station WBAA, announced last night the student program staff for the semester and stated that J. C. Bailey will retain the position of student program director which he held last year. He will supervise the entire student staff while W. A. Chandless will be directly over the remainder of...

Broadcasting in the 1933-1934 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Engineer, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 11, October 1933 WBAA Rebuilt During the summer the University radio station, WBAA, was completely rebuilt, the work being under the direction of Professor G. E. West. New voice amplifiers were installed, while the crystal oscillator and buffer amplifiers have been entirely reconstructed. The modulating unit has also been rebuilt and is in first class condition. Because only apparatus of the highest quality has been used in construction, the quality of...

Broadcasting in the 1934-1935 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, September 20, 1934 WBAA Receives Fan Mail Acclaiming New Set-up Numerous reports have been received by WBAA, the University radio station, of the reception of programs which are now broadcast on a new wave length, 890 kilocycles, and on a power of 1,000 instead of 500 watts. Programs are conducted five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and are being widely heard over Indiana, judging from recent fan mail. A feature of the daily...