Columbus Radio, Ohio (Images of America Series)

Columbus Radio, Ohio (Images of America Series)

by Mike Adams


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Two professors and a preacher invented Columbus radio. It began with science experiments in classrooms and a minister's desire to expand beyond his churchgoing audience. By 1922, government licenses had been issued for WEAO at Ohio State University and WJD at Denison University. At this same time, a Baptist minister went on the air for an hour each Sunday morning using a 10-watt transmitter licensed as WMAN. In this story of Columbus radio, the work of the professors and the preacher will evolve into radio with advertiser-supported programs of information and entertainment. Three important radio stations will serve a growing Columbus radio audience in different ways: WEAO becomes WOSU, a national pioneer in using radio for teaching; WMAN becomes WCOL and in the 1960s is number one in audience size; and CBS affiliate WBNS becomes the class act of Columbus radio, retaining the major share of local listeners for many decades. Including many other stations of lesser influence, the illustrated stories of Columbus radio are told in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467124409
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,135,925
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Author Mike Adams was born and raised in Columbus, graduated from Ohio State, and worked at WCOL during the 1960s. He is now professor emeritus at San Jose State University, where he was the longtime head of the radio-television-film department and the associate dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts. He is the author of six books.

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