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    WSB's 95th Birthday

    I meant to post this yesterday, which was WSB's 95th birthday. The station signed on March 15th, 1922.

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    Saw an old pic of their xmtr building and self-supporting stick in East Lake, but never got a location. Anyone have the address where it was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoddyFreeman View Post
    I meant to post this yesterday, which was WSB's 95th birthday. The station signed on March 15th, 1922.
    Here is a link to the history of the station's first 50 years:

    WSB 50th Anniversary
    www.americanradiohistory.com
    Broadcasting Magazine and Yearbooks, RCA Broadcast News, Television Magazine, Radio Annual, Radio News, Sponsor, Television/Radio Age, R&R, Duncan's American Radio, M Street Directory, Broadcast Engineering, db, and more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trusty View Post
    Saw an old pic of their xmtr building and self-supporting stick in East Lake, but never got a location. Anyone have the address where it was?
    here is the FCC history cards on WSB:

    https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/pr..._id=66984&.pdf

    they take a little time to download.

    I believe the address was 4111 Lavista Road Tucker then in 1930 they had a CP to move to the corner of Chandler and Glenwood roads. I am not sure if LaVista go renumbered. Some counties renumbered almost everything when they did 911.

    It is kind of weird that WSB started on 700. I mentally always associate 700 with Cincinnati. They were on 630 in 1927 then 740 before the big reallocation in 1941.
    Last edited by secondchoice; 03-16-2017 at 10:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    Here is a link to the history of the station's first 50 years:

    WSB 50th Anniversary
    Thanx. That's where I found the picture of their "new" 5k transmitter in the East Lake area with no address, so I'm still lookin'

    WSB was owned by The Atlanta Journal. Their competitor, The Atlanta Constitution, put WGM on the air just two days later. WGM didn't make it and was given to Georgia Tech in 1923 as WBBF, which renamed it WGST in 1925. I would like to find some detailed history about that one; Wikipefia says WGM was licensed from experimental station 4FT which was "on the air" before WSB.

    Maybe the downtown library has an old copy of The Atlanta Constitution. Hmmmm. (I guess someday my curiosity will increase enough to make the trip downtown and play in the Atlanta traffic, which has become a blood sport.)

    Or maybe you guys can help (plueeese

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    Quote Originally Posted by secondchoice View Post

    I believe the address was 4111 Lavista Road Tucker then in 1930 they had a CP to move to the corner of Chandler and Glenwood roads. I am not sure if LaVista go renumbered. Some counties renumbered almost everything when they did 911.
    Thanks. We were posting at the same time :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by secondchoice View Post
    here is the FCC history cards on WSB:

    https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/pr..._id=66984&.pdf

    they take a little time to download.

    I believe the address was 4111 Lavista Road Tucker then in 1930 they had a CP to move to the corner of Chandler and Glenwood roads. I am not sure if LaVista go renumbered. Some counties renumbered almost everything when they did 911.

    It is kind of weird that WSB started on 700. I mentally always associate 700 with Cincinnati. They were on 630 in 1927 then 740 before the big reallocation in 1941.
    The Lavista Road address is the current site.

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    More info

    In 2008 Mike Kavanagh passed away and left the original WSBHISTORY.COM website to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame for preservation and maintenance. Mike was one of our founding board members. He is a 2009 Legacy inductee. We partnered with the Georgia State University Library's Special Collections department to merge their vast holdings with everything Mike passed on to us. The result is here . It is a work in progress as we have hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia which are being cataloged. Slowly but surely the never before see material is being posted, however, all the archives are available for researchers and families of former and present WSB employees. There is also a large amount of material on our website under Georgia Stations/Atlanta
    Last edited by thegrhof; 03-16-2017 at 04:40 PM. Reason: addition

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    Also, yesterday was the 10th birthday of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. The date we launched was purposely set on the day WSB went on the air. We are privileged to share it with the Voice of the South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    Here is a link to the history of the station's first 50 years:

    WSB 50th Anniversary
    Thanks for sharing that, David! Take the time to read this...it is absolutely fascinating!!

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