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 1942-1943 School Year

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue Engineer, Vol. 39, No. 1, p. 12, January 1943

Pearl Harbor Day

Script of radio program broadcast over station WBAA on December 7, 1942, by the faculty.

Open with music.

Ladies and Gentlemen, that was the Call to Arms, a call especially fitting today, in this observance of Pearl Harbor Day, not only on the Purdue campus but everywhere Americans may be, whether in this country, Alaska, Africa, Australia, the Solomons, all over the globe.

Kiddie Listening Time

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Kiddie Listening Time featuring the Toy Shop (Christmas Carols) with Mrs. William P. Heath on December 4, 1945.

Institute of Aeronautical Sciences

Nov 17, 2011

Student chapter semi-monthly meeting at Purdue University, November 19, 1946, broadcast on WBAA.

Lady Storyteller

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Lady Storyteller - The Three-Cornered Hat from February 3, 1947. We have no information as to the identity of Lady Storyteller here. If you know who the Storyteller is, please email us at wbaa@wbaa.org. 

News of the Week

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - News of the Week for February 20, 1947 with Rosemary Fishback.

Agricultural School of the Air

Nov 17, 2011

Selecting Fertilizer for the Spring Crops, with George Enfield, Purdue Extension Agronomist, and WBAA's Jim Miles, broadcast March 5, 1947.

Farm Forum

Nov 17, 2011

Fire Hazards on the Farm with Dick Wilsie, Safety Specialist at Purdue University, broadcast on March 5, 1947.

Lady Storyteller

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Lady Storyteller - The King's Stilts from October 20, 1947. We do not know who Lady Storyteller is in this program. If you recognize her voice, please email us at wbaa@wbaa.org. Thank you.

Lady Storyteller

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Lady Storyteller - The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Collins from November 10, 1947. We do not know who Lady Storyteller is in this program. If you recognize her voice, please email us at wbaa@wbaa.org. Thank you.

When Christmas Was Young

Nov 17, 2011

When Christmas Was Young...music, readings and a drama in celebration of Christmas. Broadcast on December 22, 1947.

Lady Storyteller

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air. Lady Storyteller reads Stuart Little for broadcast on WBAA on March 21, 1949.

Sportsman Show

Nov 17, 2011

Johnny DeCamp talks to Keith Carter, captain of the Purdue Swimming team, and swimming coach Dick "Pappy" Papenguth in a WBAA interview broadcast in 1949.

Kiddie Listening Time

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Kiddie Listening Time featuring Spring Beauty with Mrs. William P. Heath on April 12, 1949.

Magic Music Box

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Magic Music Box and Great Easter Music with Mrs. William P. Heath for April 13, 1949.

Kiddie Listening Time

Nov 17, 2011

The Purdue University School of the Air - Kiddie Listening Time featuring Imitation in Music with Mrs. William P. Heath on April 20, 1949.

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