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.

WBAA celebrates 90 years on the air

Apr 4, 2012

April 4, 1922 ~ WBAA AM is licensed by the U. S. Department of Commerce under Herbert Hoover.

Ninety years later, the station is still going strong, along with companion stations 101.3 FM HD 1 and 2.

Here is a video outlining the history of WBAA.


Read a new history of WBAA written by Jeanne Norberg, Voices of Purdue: Marking 90 Years of WBAA on Air, in the January/February 2012 issue of the Purdue Alumnus.

Before WBAA

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Tuesday, September 7, 1920

Much Equipment Added to Station

Radio Course to Be Opened Soon

Experiments to Obtain Ideal Aerial for Radio Station Improve Results

April 4, 1922

Nov 17, 2011

WBAA received its license to operate on this date, April 4, 1922, however there was no notice in the news until later in the month.

The Purdue Exponent - Tuesday, April 4, 1922


Conference Radio News Service to Suspend Operations Next Week


The Beginning of WBAA

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Saturday, April 22, 1922

New License Issued Radio Station Here

"9YB" Classed as An Official Broadcasting Point and Designated "W.B.A.A."

Broadcasting in the 1922-1923 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Saturday, September 23, 1922

W.B.A.A. Broadcasts First Regular Program of Year - Modlin Chief Operator.

Broadcasting in the 1923-1924 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Sunday, February 17, 1924

Purdue Union Will Broadcast Weekly Musical Programs

Beginning About May 1, Campus Musical Organizations Will Be Invited to Furnish Programs.

To Use Station WBAA.

Room of New Union Building to Be Set Aside Permanently for Use as Broadcasting Station.

WBAA Moves and Grows

Nov 17, 2011

October 2, 1928

WBAA is broadcasting at 1100 kHz with a power of 500 watts. The Federal Radio commission notified the station that effective November 11, 1928, WBAA would move to 1400 kHz. The station would share time on the same frequency with WKBF, Indianapolis, and WCMA, Culver, Indiana, both broadcasting with 500 watts...WBAA getting one-seventh of the time, WCMA two-sevenths, and WKBF four-sevenths. By now WBAA is in the new EE Building.

Broadcasting in the 1924-1925 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, November 13, 1924

Agricultural Talks to Be Broadcasted

Members of Agriculture and Extension Departments Will Speak

Arrangements have been made to broadcast a series of talks on agricultural topics at the University radio station WBAA every Friday evening at 7:15 o'clock. Most of the talks will be given by members of the agriculture extension departments.

Earliest License

Nov 17, 2011

July 31, 1930     This is the earliest station license in existence at WBAA. None of the earlier licenses survived.