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.

Edward Charles Elliott in Memoriam

Nov 16, 2011

A memorial tribute for Edward Charles Elliott who died June 16, 1960. Elliott Hall of Music, the home of WBAA, was named after him. The program includes discussions with President Elliott, President Hovde, Dean A. A. Potter, T. R. Johnston, Prof. R. B. Wiley and others.

WBAA 40th Anniversary Program

Nov 16, 2011

This broadcast celebrates the 40th anniversary of WBAA in 1962 and contains interviews with former staff and volunteers, including Tom Johnston and President Hovde.

1967 Rose Bowl Special

Nov 16, 2011

Narrated by Johnny DeCamp, this special program was broadcast immediately before the NBC broadcast of the January 2, 1967 Rose Bowl game on WBAA featuring Purdue vs. U.S.C.. Included in the program were comments by football coach Jack Mollenkopf, quarterback Bob Griese, Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde, athletic director Red Mackey and others.

President Hovde and Response to Student Sit-In

Nov 16, 2011

President Frederick L. Hovde speaks to faculty and staff in Elliott Hall of Music on April 25, 1969 regarding a student sit-in at the office of the President. Students were protesting the budget process and increased fees.

A Special Centennial Faculty Convocation on December 18, 1969 with President Hovde. The Convocation was held in Loeb Playhouse and was broadcast live on WBAA.

Founder's Day Centennial Convocation at Purdue

Nov 16, 2011

The Founder's Day Centennial Convocation features President Frederick L. Hovde, Senator Birch Bayh, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Robert Finch and others. The Convocation was broadcast live on WBAA on May 6, 1969. Of particular interest are the shouts of protest at the beginning and references to turmoil on the campus from the two clergymen.

Neil Armstrong Press Conference

Nov 16, 2011

Listen to a news conference with Neil Armstrong at Purdue on January 19, 1970. Also participating are Purdue President Fred Hovde, Governor Ed Whitcomb and Senator Birch Bayh.

President Fred Hovde Retires

Nov 16, 2011

Overview of the career and retirement of Fred Hovde. His retirement ceremony was July 21, 1971. President Richard M. Nixon was a special guest on campus.

Dedication ceremony for the Stewart Center at Purdue University on June 9, 1972. Guests are R. B. Stewart, Pres. Hansen and Pres. Emeritus Hovde.

John DeCamp's Final Sportscast on WBAA

Nov 16, 2011

Broadcast live on WBAA, February 27, 1975, this is the final sportscast of John DeCamp. Roger Priest completes the evening newscast and then introduces DeCamp. Listen for references to stars of sporting past.