1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 18, 2020 9:24 AM by Jillian Minerva

    Seeking radio licenses issued in 1924


      I am the church archivist of the First Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee. Our church was issued a License (#1578, we believe) by the U.S. Department on Commerce, Bureau of Navigation, Radio Division on November 15, 1924 to operate radio station WGBC from a 10-watt transmitter at the church, located at 535 South Linden Avenue. I'm researching our broadcast history (we still broadcast two programs over the successor station, though we no longer own it, 96 years later). I would appreciate any direction. I'm in fear that records relating to this endeavor are probably non-existent. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking radio licenses issued in 1924
          Jillian Minerva Adventurer

          Dear Mr. Howard,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 3 series Records Relating to Applications for Broadcast Station Licenses, 1928-1932; the Indexes to General Records, 1910 - 1930; and General Records, 1910-1934 of the Commerce Department Radio Division in the Records of the Federal Communications Commission (Record Group 173) that include records relating to applications for broadcast station licenses. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!