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These words crackled in the headphones of crystal sets around the country in 1921 as the University of Wisconsin radio station 9XM began its regular schedule of voice broadcasts. Randall Davidson provides the first comprehensive history of the University of Wisconsin radio station, WHA; affiliated state-owned station, WLBL; and the post-World War II FM stations that are the backbone of the network now known as Wisconsin Public Radio. 9XM Talking describes how, with homemade equipment and ideas developed from scratch, 9XM endured many struggles and became a tangible example of "the Wisconsin Idea," bringing the educational riches of the university to all the state's residents. From the beginning, those involved with the radio station felt it should provide a service for the practical use of Wisconsin citizens.
    The book's informative chapters cover the programs that allowed the medium of radio to benefit farmers and homemakers, to bring world-class educators into isolated rural schoolrooms, and to teach people all over Wisconsin everything from literature to history to touch-typing, long before anyone came up with the term "distance learning." Davidson concludes by discussing the claim that WHA has to the title "Oldest Station in the Nation." This groundbreaking book is based on archival materials dating back to the 1900s and includes dozens of historic photos and illustrations, many of which have never been published before.

 

Winner, Book Award of Merit for best Wisconsin history book, Wisconsin Historical Society

 

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Prologue: Voices through the Air: A Brief History of Radio
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1. Early Wireless Experiments at the University of Wisconsin, 1909–16
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. 2. Early Broadcasts from 9XM, 1916–17
  2. pp. 13-21
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  1. 3. Wartime Radio Experiments at the University of Wisconsin, 1917–18
  2. pp. 22-28
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  1. 4. Telephonic Broadcasting by 9XM, 1919–20
  2. pp. 29-37
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  1. 5. Regular Voice Broadcasts on 9XM, 1921
  2. pp. 38-58
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  1. 6. WHA Begins, 1922–29
  2. pp. 59-98
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  1. 7. WHA Comes into Its Own, 1929–30
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. 8. The WHA–WLBL Merger, 1930–31
  2. pp. 104-111
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  1. 9. More Hours on the Air, 1930–33
  2. pp. 112-119
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  1. 10. More Challenges from Commercial Stations
  2. pp. 120-123
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  1. 11. The Political Education Forum
  2. pp. 124-127
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  1. 12. A New Home, 1933–36
  2. pp. 128-133
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  1. 13. Budget Woes and New Programs, 1935–41
  2. pp. 134-141
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  1. 14. The War Years and After, 1942–47
  2. pp. 142-149
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  1. 15. The FM Network
  2. pp. 150-164
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  1. 16. From Educational Radio to Public Radio, 1947–70
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. 17. The Era of Public Radio, 1971–78
  2. pp. 187-191
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  1. 18. WPAH/WLBL, the Other State Station, 1923–51
  2. pp. 192-242
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  1. 19. The Farm Program
  2. pp. 243-250
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  1. 20. The Homemakers’ Program
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. 21. The Wisconsin School of the Air
  2. pp. 259-281
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  1. 22. The Wisconsin College of the Air
  2. pp. 282-291
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  1. 23. Chapter a Day
  2. pp. 292-301
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  1. 24. To Today, 1979–
  2. pp. 302-314
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  1. Postscript: The Oldest Station in the Nation
  2. pp. 332-347
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  1. Appendix A: 9XM/WHA Time Line
  2. pp. 331-334
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  1. Appendix B: WPAH/WCP/WLBL Time Line
  2. pp. 335-338
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  1. Appendix C: FM Network Time Line
  2. pp. 339-342
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 343-380
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 381-384
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 385-401
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  1. Station Index
  2. pp. 402-405
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299218737
Related ISBN
9780299218706
MARC Record
OCLC
826515869
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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