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.

Broadcasting in the 1930-1931 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, October 2, 1930

WBAA Plans To Broadcast Home Games At 1000 Watts

University radio station WBAA, has received permission from the Federal Radio commission in Washington, D.C., to operate at 1000 watts for the four home football games instead of the former 500 watts, according to Prof. J. W. Stafford, head of the communication department of the school of electrical engineering.

Broadcasting in the 1931-1932 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, September 17, 1931

Station WBAA Announces New Staff Organization

J. C. Bailey, R. H. Thockmorton, D. L. Conkright and E. F. Badger Receive Studio Advancements.

Station WBAA, the official radio broadcasting station of the University, last night announced the set-up of their organization for the semester through R. H. Throckmorton who is to be program director of the station this season.

Broadcasting in the 1932-1933 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Sunday, September 25, 1932

J. W. Stafford Names Student Radio Staff

Bailey to Retain Position as Student Program Manager; Broadcasts Start October 3.

Broadcasting in the 1933-1934 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Engineer, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 11, October 1933

WBAA Rebuilt

Broadcasting in the 1934-1935 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, September 20, 1934

WBAA Receives Fan Mail Acclaiming New Set-up

Broadcasting in the 1935-1936 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Wednesday, September 18, 1935

WBAA Staff Will Hold Auditions Tomorrow

Broadcasting in the 1936-1937 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, November 5, 1936

WBAA To Try New Program

Will Build New Show On Commercial Lines; Tryouts Today

The University's radio station, WBAA, will present in the near future a radio program similar to commercial programs now on the air. It will be a half hour weekly feature with an orchestra, a Fred Waring type glee club, a short skit, and news of the week. No definite date has been set as to when these programs will start, but a trial program will be given before Christmas.

Broadcasting in the 1937-1938 School Year

Nov 17, 2011
Purdue Engineer

The Purdue Engineer, Vol. 33, No. 7, p. 157, April 1938

This is Station WBAA by A. G. Hutton, Sc. '40

Broadcasting in the 1938-1939 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Friday, September 16, 1938

Radio Stage On The Air At 1 Tomorrow

Beginning its fourth consecutive year on the air this Saturday afternoon, WBAA;s oldest program, "Radio Stage," will offer a special feature, "Auto-Humanitas," based on Karl Capek's drama, "R-U-R."

Presented in two parts, "Auto-Humanitas" will go on the air at 1 p. m. tomorrow for a 45 minute broadcast, and will be concluded in a similar presentation on the following Saturday.

Radio Class of 1940

Nov 17, 2011

Row 1: Ernest Morehouse, Mary Johnston, Alice Martins, Dick Pittinger, Hank Miller, Joyce Burnham, Betty Erick.

Row 2: Bill Burroughs, Ann Pierce, John Strange, Bob Millin, Bob Schwomeyer, Harold Martin, Joe Mack Martin, --- McCrea, Jim Moore, Yvonne Price.

Row 3: Bob Morrison, Mal Ross, Virgil Duncan, Dick Jarrow, Joe Mihal, Bob Mangum, Harold Bichsel, Larry Myers, Bob Hewitt, Benton Burns.

Row 4: Bill Harris, Bill Adams, John DeYoung, --- Hobson, Del Greenwood, Bill Fall, Bob Keim, Howard Eckert, Fred Elley.

Interview with George Ade

Nov 17, 2011

This interview with George Ade was recorded in 1940. Unfortunately we have no information about the interviewer nor the radio station this was recorded for.

Broadcasting in the 1940-1941 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Sunday, January 12, 1941

New Equipment Will Increase Power of 'Voice of Purdue' To 50,000 Watts

(Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of articles on the changes which are being made in the transmission facilities and studios of WBAA. We hope that they will serve to answer some of the questions you may have concerning these changes. This article concerns the station in general. Future stories will take up the actual details of the studios and the new transmitter.)

by Lee Roffner

Script of First Broadcast from the Hall of Music

Nov 17, 2011

This is the script which was read on the air, February 10, 1941, the first broadcast from the Hall of Music (now Elliott Hall of Music) studios with a power of 5,000 watts.

Radio Class of 1941

Nov 17, 2011

Row 1: Larry Myers, Ann Pierce, Marie Davis, Dick Pittinger, Gilbert Williams, Mal Ross, Betty Erick.

Row 2: Bill Burroughs, Priscilla Carr, Becky Pervine, Carolyn Wood, Martha Moon, Joyce Burnham, Ernest Moorehose.

Row 3: Howard Eckert, Bob Keim, Bob Schmidt, Dick Jarrow, John DeCamp, Bill Stewart, Bob Molitor.

Row 4: Bill Fall, "Buck" Humphrey, Gordon Griffin, Dick Lynch, Emil Dodge, Del Greenwood, Earl Aber.

Broadcasting in the 1941-1942 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Exponent - Thursday, September 11, 1941

WBAA Will Conduct Publicity Broadcast At Student Book Exchange Today At 2:15

Student book exchange, in the south ballroom of the Union, will be publicized today in a fifteen minute broadcast over WBAA at 2:15, when a traveling microphone will be brought in. Students and workers in the exchange will be interviewed at this time.

According to Bill Hepburn, manager, the book exchange has done close to $2,000 worth of business, and crowds and books are still pouring in.