Old film of WFAA-AM firing up the 50k 820 transmitter for the first time
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    Old film of WFAA-AM firing up the 50k 820 transmitter for the first time

    I know this isn't exactly topical, but I figured some readers here would find this film interesting. It's apparently an old Movietone news film taken of the show WFAA-AM did when it turned on the 50,000 watt transmitter on 820am, the frequency it shared with WBAP from 1929 to 1970. I had no idea such a film existed. Among other things, it feature the Governor of Texas at the time and the Dallas Power and Light Orchestra.

    Enjoy!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4dnNgvJtGw

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    After the broadcast, the question was asked: "Why did we dress up? They can't see us on the radio."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePowerCow View Post
    After the broadcast, the question was asked: "Why did we dress up? They can't see us on the radio."
    That's an interesting statement...I once asked someone about that, and they told me they didn't dress up because they could be seen, but because we were being invited into the listener's living room or into their parlor. In those days, you dressed up when you were invited to someone's home. No matter what you did in radio, from on air to behind the scenes, you were in someone else's house. How you dressed affected how you acted, how you behaved. You were more gentile if you were properly dressed. Of course these days people may not have a parlor where they listen to the radio. It's all far more casual. But those were different times.

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