Alabama Broadcasting History

1920 – 1960
By Harry D. Butler

Names, places and events in the beginning of radio broadcasting in Alabama. This is the first-of-its-kind written history compiled by a veteran of six decades in “the trade.” Thousands have been “on the air” since those first days in the early 1920s; this is the story of only a few who blazed the way for all those who have followed.

You’ll learn about college football games being banned from broadcast; about AT&T charging $4 per watt; about swapping air time with a station across the nation; who did what, when and where. It’s a thrilling tale of how it all began for Alabama’s first Radio Stations.

Proceeds from this book benefit the ABA Educational Foundation. Contact Sharon Tinsley to order your copy today. The book is $30, of which $15 is tax deductible. Postage will be charged above the $30. There are no handling charges.

Alabama Broadcasting History Websites

Alabama Historial Radio Society
An opportunity for men and women of all ages to join together and pursue their interest in vintage radio

American Radio History
Scans of early radio directories, magazines and other historical documents

Birmingham Rewound
Illustrated history of Birmingham radio and TV
“It all started in a 1,000 watt radio station in Gadsden, Alabama …”

Brennan-Benns Broadcasting
A historical tribute to WAPE WBAM WFLI and WVOK

History of Alabama Public Television
The nation’s first statewide educational television network

History of WCRT Radio
The evolution of WCRT into WLGD, Birmingham

History of WOOF Radio
Serving Gadsden since 1947

History of WSFA-TV
Savannah’s NBC affiliate, from the beginning

Huntsville Rewound
Nashville, Huntsville and B’ham TV history

Memories of WVOK
A fan remembers Birmingham’s “Mighty 690”

Museum of Broadcast Communications
Home of Radio Hall of Fame

Old Time Radio Lovers Facebook Group

Do you know of other online sources of Alabama broadcast history? Please let us know about them so we can add them to our list.

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