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"9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea" by Randall Davidson

"For the love of mike" by Aline Watson Hazard

"Radios: wireless sound" by Roger Barr



Interesting Fact:

During the early years of WHA, or 9XM, the radio equipment was not available to purchase, so the physics professors and students made their own, including the glass vacuum tubes.

Study Questions:

  • Why was early radio called the wireless?
  • What was the topic of the first telegraphic broadcast from 9XM?
  • When did 9XM make its first clear transmission of human speech?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 3:

    1777: The American forces led by George Washington defeat the British in the Battle of Princeton.
    1938: The March of Dimes, a campaign to fight polio, is organized.
    1961: The United States severs diplomatic ties with Cuba.

  • January 3

    January 3, 1922: University of Wisconsin radio station 9XM, operating since 1917, became WHA. It has since become known as the oldest station in the nation in terms of continuous operation.

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