Happy Birthday WQXR!

WQXR Marks 73 Years

Thursday, December 03, 2009

On December 3, 1936 WQXR became the first licensed high fidelity broadcaster in the U.S. after changing its call letters from W2XR. 

W2XR went on the air March 26, 1929 as an experimental mechanical television station owned by radio engineer John V.L. Hogan. In June 1934 the license was renewed and it became the first experimental high fidelity station in the country, operating at 1550 kilocycles and 250 watts. W2XR operated several hours a day as a sound accompaniment to television pictures with which Hogan was experimenting.  Listeners could not receive Hogan's telecasts, but they could hear the high fidelity classical recordings he used as background and flooded his office with letters asking for more.

In February 1936, Hogan and Elliott M. Sanger formed the Interstate Broadcasting Company and applied to the FCC to transfer W2XR's ownership and increase power. On May 21st of that year W2XR's license was transferred to the newly formed company. Spring also brought with it an increase in power to 1,000 watts, their first paying sponsor--Martinson's Coffee--and a move to new studios at 730 Fifth Avenue. In June 1936 the first program guide was issued. -- WNYC & WQXR Archives

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Comments [4]

The German Requiem was Op.45. Here's the entire playlist from Friday's episode of Exploring Music: http://blogs.wfmt.com/playlists/pdf/brahms_i_5.pdf

Dec. 14 2009 10:25 AM
Shelton Becton from Brooklyn, New York

I'm trying to find the playlist for Friday, Dec.11,2009; approx.11 PM; the recordings of Brahms' German Requiem were especially enjoyable. I would like to know how to order them.
Thank you kindly

Dec. 12 2009 02:56 AM
Larry Stoler from Stamford, CT.

Happy birthday to a great classical music station with an incredible history.

May WQXR continue for years to come.
Larry Stoler

Dec. 08 2009 03:50 PM
mike stone

So that's why Terrance keeps calling it W2XR.

Dec. 03 2009 01:11 PM

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