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.

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.

Jim Miles Oral History, Pt. 1

Nov 16, 2011

This recording was made September 14, 1978. Burt Harrison, a retired communications professor from Washington State University interviewed Jim Miles, one-time manager of WBAA, at Purdue. Thanks to the National Public Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland for a copy of this material. Please note that the interviewer, Dr. Harrison, was working "off mike" and is difficult to hear.

Jim Miles Oral History, Pt. 2

Nov 16, 2011

This recording was made September 14, 1978. Burt Harrison, a retired communications professor from Washington State University interviewed Jim Miles, one-time manager of WBAA, at Purdue. Thanks to the National Public Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland for a copy of this material. Please note that the interviewer, Dr. Harrison, was working "off mike" and is difficult to hear.

John DeCamp Oral History

Nov 16, 2011

This recording was made September 15, 1978. Burt Harrison, a retired communications professor from Washington State University interviewed John DeCamp in the studios of WBAA. Thanks to the National Public Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland for a copy of this material. Please note that the interviewer, Dr. Harrison, was working "off mike" and is difficult to hear.

This newsconference was held November 13, 1981 to announce the resignation of Purdue President Arthur Hansen. Unfortunately the members of the media were not on microphone and difficult to hear.

Melissa Keeney, host of the program Gallery, interviews Sarah Brown, wife of Nobel Prize winner Purdue Professor Herbert C. Brown. The program was recorded February 6, 1980. The program ends with a short feature from Joe Holler, Reflections on Relationships.

Melissa Keeney interviews President Emeritus Fred Hovde on May 7, 1980. The program was titled Gallery.

Vietnam Veterans and Their Stories

Nov 16, 2011

(Advisory - there is some strong language in this program) An interview with three Vietnam veterans on Gallery with Melissa Keeney recorded May 6, 1981 at WBAA. A powerful program discussing the problems of returning veterans after service during the Vietnam war.

WBAA 60th Anniversary Program

Nov 16, 2011

This is a one hour program celebrating the 60th anniversary of WBAA, recorded in 1982. It features many interviews and audio clips from the 40s and 50s.

Interview with jazz pianist Roy Meriwether

Nov 16, 2011

Persis Newman and Roger Priest speak with jazz pianist Roy Meriwether on September 6, 1982. He was in town performing at Arni's in Lafayette.

The 19th State - WBAA Historical Profile

Nov 16, 2011

This is one of a series of programs entitled "The 19th State" produced and written by Stan Sollars and distributed statewide. This particular program is a history of WBAA produced in 1983, just after the 60th anniversary of the station. We're grateful for permission to post the program here.

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