This Day in Texas History: WFAA Radio Goes On the Air

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This Day in Texas History: WFAA Radio Goes On the Air

This Day in Texas History:

WFAA Radio Goes On the Air

June 26, 1922

WFAA Tower

WFAA Tower

On this day in 1922, radio station WFAA in Dallas began transmitting. The A. H. Belo Corporation, publisher of the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Almanac, owned WFAA.

WFAA, which stands for Working For All Together, was the brainchild of Walter Dealey, G.B. Dealey’s eldest son.  Walter Dealey was also instrumental in establishing WRR, the radio station in Texas.  Dealey Plaza, the location where President Kennedy was assassinated, is named after George Dealey.

Initially operating up to 150 watts, the station held many firsts in radio broadcasting in Texas. It pioneered the transmission of educational programs and was the first to produce a radio drama series, “Dramatic Moments in Texas History.” WFAA also became the first radio station in the state to link up with other stations across the country to broadcast nationally a speech given by Calvin Coolidge in 1923.

In 1934, WFAA helped form the Texas Quality Group Network with three other Texas stations. As a part of this group, it shared a combined nighttime power of 101,000 watts and carried popular simulcasts such as the Light Crust Doughboys western swing show.

On June 13, 2013, Belo Corporation was acquired by Gannett Co. for $2.2 Billion, ending a 9 decade family-owned dynasty.

 

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