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OLDEST - Radio Station in the Nation
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 43° 04.382 W 089° 24.013
16T E 304590 N 4771721
Quick Description: 9XM-WHA "The Oldest Station in the Nation" Historical Marker at Vilas Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/9/2007 1:00:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM1ZGA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Super_Nate
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Long Description:
Text of the marker reads:
"On this campus pioneer research and experimentation in "wireless" led to successful transmission of voice and music in 1917, and the beginning of broadcasting on a scheduled basis in 1919.

Experimental station 9XM transmitted telegraphic signals from Science Hall until 1917 when it was moved to Sterling Hall. In that year Professor Earle M. Terry and students built and operated a "wireless telephone" transmitter.

In 1918, during World War I, when other station were ordered silenced, 9XM operated under special authorization to continue its telephonic exchange with U.S. Navy stations on the Great Lakes. After the war, programs were directed to the general public.

The WHA letters replaced the 9XM call on January 13, 1922. Thus, the University of Wisconsin station, under the calls 9XM and WHA, has been in existence longer than any other.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Place or Location

Date of FIRST: 01/01/1917

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