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Who's Who in PA radio 1927

From the estate of Peter Granba's trash can comes this Who's Who In Radio publication, 1927 Pennsylvania Edition, created as an historical document.

In the Preface, W. E. Johnson writes,

"I have tried to make this as complete a history of every prominent radio person and organization in the state of Pennsylvania, as possible."

Who's Who In (Pennsylvania) Radio with 8CRK, 1927

8.5 x 11 sheets folded in half, thicker paper cover, 65 pages, illustrated with line-art drawings.

Sections include:

  • Broadcasting stations
  • Radio Artists and Orchestras
  • Radio Editors
  • Manufacturers and Jobbers
  • Radio Dealers
  • Amateur Operators

There are 34 Pennsylvania AM broadcasting stations listed, most running between 10 and 500 watts. All four of the Pittsburgh stations profiled in this book are still on the air and serving listeners' radios, which seems incredible 89 years later!

KDKA 970, now 1020 with a general talk format. They are a designated 'clear channel' broadcaster with 50 kilowatts.

KQV 1090, now 1410 and an All News format, which it's kept since the 1970s. Before that they broadcast rock and pop music. 500 watts then, 5,000 now.

WJAS 1090, now 1320. In 1926 it was sharing air time with KQV on 1090. Looking at their schedules, one station would broadcast for as little as a half hour, leave the air, then the other would sign on 30 minutes later, and they'd alternate throughout the day. Had a lengthy broadcast schedule during prime-time hours at night, 8-11 pm.

In the 1970s, WJAS jumped on the rock and roll bandwagon and became WKTQ, '13Q', with hot pop, contests and giveaways. By the early 1980s, most pop music and its younger listeners had moved over to the FM band, so the station got the WJAS call letters back, starting a 'Music Of Your Life' adult standards format, and picked up some of the veteran TV and radio personalities from around town, like Bill Cardille and Jack Bogut. In 2014 WJAS picked up a conservative talk format that had been dropped by an FM station. 500 watts then, 7,000 now.

WCAE 650, now 1250. Was WEAE, then WTAE with adult contemporary music and variety. It went to talk, and then Radio Disney as WDDZ, running AM HD radio for a while. 500 watts then, now 5000.

Most stations started with a live, variety format and local news, and weren't run by radio companies, but as a sideline or promotion for another business, such as a local store or hotel. A hotel could conveniently be used as a performance space for musicians and other acts that would then be broadcast.

Here's a complete scan Who's Who In Radio so you can take a journey down memory lane, thanks to Peter Granba's trash can! He's an Amateur Radio operator (ham) in this book, but I like the pride he feels for his own radio station, writing "Radio Station 8CRK, Ambridge Pa." in the front and back of the book, then signing his name.


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