WBAA History

WBAA was licensed on April 4, 1922 as an AM station. Please take some time to browse through our long history. If you have additional details about our history, please email WBAA AM & FM.

Special thanks to Dave Samuelson and Aaron Fiddler who have assisted with the content of these pages.

New audio content was posted on November 30, 2012.

Lady Storyteller

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air -  Lady Storyteller reads Elephant's Child, with assistance from other staff members at WBAA, broadcast October 15, 1951.

News of the Week

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - News of the Week for December 7, 1951 with John Glade.

School of the Air

Nov 17, 2011

Part of the Purdue University School of the Air, Your Indiana: Babe in the Woods features T. E. Shaw, Associate Professor of Forestry and is dated December 14, 1951.

On Being A Freshman

Nov 17, 2011

Broadcast in 1951, Jim Miles of WBAA interviews Harlan White, Director of Admissions at Purdue in this two-part feature.

Kiddie Listening Time

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Kiddie Listening Time featuring Slumber Music with Mrs. William P. Heath on January 22, 1952.

Magic Music Box

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Magic Music Box and Orchestra Dances in Many Lands with Mrs. William P. Heath on January 23, 1952.

Developmental Program of the University

Nov 17, 2011

President F. L. Hovde speaks on WBAA, March 2, 1954, discussing the developmental program of the university and how that will change over the next 10 years.

This is a recording of a WBAA program entitled Conversations. This program was recorded June 10, 1955 and features a discussion about university issues with WBAA manager Jim Miles and Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde.

This program features WBAA manager Jim Miles speaking with A. A. Potter, Dean Emeritus of the Engineering Schools. Dean Potter was one of the persons instrumental in the early growth of WBAA. This program was recorded May 14, 1956 at WBAA.

Interview with Dr. Lillian Gilbreth

Nov 17, 2011

Dr. Lillian Gilbreth was a psychologist and industrial engineer and for part of her career, a professor at Purdue University. In this interview from June 20, 1956, she talks about her career and her family. Two of her children wrote the book Cheaper by the Dozen, which was in 1950 made into the movie of the same name starring Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb. In 2003, a remake of the film starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt was released.