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😀 This is a complete scratch built 1/48 scale structure.  A radio station was required to accompany the broadcast tower recently acquired .  Here is a pix of the actual prototype, a former radio station building for sale.  Due to syndication, many privately owned stations have had to close their doors across the nation.



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Here's the model'

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Station General Manager, and announcer, Rachel Rogers, is waiting for a on air interview with world renowned, Major, Wilbur Briteing, RAF, retired, war correspondent and photographer.  His entourage should be arriving any time now. As you can see, Rachel is a bit impatient...

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Local press photographers and reporters show up for a photo shoot and questions to the famous Major'.



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The Major being interviewed and photographed'..

Rachel waits patiently to take the major in the studio for her long awaited live interview on the air. She chats with the Major's chauffeur for some inside information while waiting...



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Some additional footage, enjoy..😀

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Ted - wonderful job!!!  I love the Art Decco look!      Your attention to detail is spot on  Rachel is a great station manager ... waiting at the door to usher in her special guest  Of course the British major is looks rather dashing in his uniform.

Btw - I think all radio/tv station's call letters, west of the Mississippi,  begin with a K.

Thanks for sharing the photos on a project well done!!  

As far as call letters:   The K-W boundary was originally a line that roughly matched the Texas-New Mexico border.   This lasted until the mid 20's when it was moved east to the Mississippi.   This is why you see some "W" stations in Texas.

Even after the line move, stations could still petition the government for exemptions.  Also, stations that pre-dated the regulations were grandfathered, such as the aforementioned KDKA.

35 years since I graduated college, and I still remember this stuff from the tests  (Radio/Television Communications major) 



Finally, GREAT JOB on the building.   It looks fantastic.

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KDKA turned 100 years old this year.  They claim they were the first commercial radio station in the US and the world.  The first broadcast was the election results on November 2nd, 1920 the Harding / Cox election results.

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Back to the building, I really like the art deco style and the story that goes with it.  Thanks for sharing!

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KDKA turned 100 years old this year.  They claim they were the first commercial radio station in the US and the world.  The first broadcast was the election results on November 2nd, 1920 the Harding / Cox election results.

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Back to the building, I really like the art deco style and the story that goes with it.  Thanks for sharing!

Actually the tower that broadcasted the first station used a doppler antenna in early 1900s I can't recall the call letters, but they most likely started with a X.... was located in Mexico.  So was the original station. There was some problem with getting the OK from the powers to be over the music the station was going to play.  So they opened in Mexico just over the boarder.  This also enhanced the signal, and the station was heard throughout Texas, and much of the central west. In later years after regulations were lifted, It was one of the first 50,000 Watt stations in the US....

When I refind the original article, I will post it on this thread'...


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Actually the tower that broadcasted for KDKA was located in Mexico.  So was the original station. There was some problem with getting the OK from the powers to be over the music the station was going to play.  So they opened in Mexico just over the boarder.  This also enhanced the signal, and the station was heard throughout Texas, and much of the central west. In later years after regulations were lifted, It was one of the first 50,000 Watt stations in the US....

Really?  Where did this information come from.  From what I understand the transmitter has always been in Pittsburgh.  Seems odd to have the studio in Pittsburgh and the transmitter thousands of miles away in Mexico and back then I doubt there was even a way to connect the 2 over that distance.  Are we talking about the same thing?

Now about those figures in your pictures...who makes them?

Actually the tower that broadcasted for KDKA was located in Mexico.  So was the original station. There was some problem with getting the OK from the powers to be over the music the station was going to play.  So they opened in Mexico just over the boarder.  This also enhanced the signal, and the station was heard throughout Texas, and much of the central west. In later years after regulations were lifted, It was one of the first 50,000 Watt stations in the US....

I'm a fan of pirate radio since they often times go well beyond the 50K watt limit

Really?  Where did this information come from.  From what I understand the transmitter has always been in Pittsburgh.  Seems odd to have the studio in Pittsburgh and the transmitter thousands of miles away in Mexico and back then I doubt there was even a way to connect the 2 over that distance.  Are we talking about the same thing?

Now about those figures in your pictures...who makes them?

Marty, the station is KDKA.  That is a PA station and not the one Texas/Mexico.  The first real Broadcast was in 1909 in NYC, and again in 1910.  KDAK came along in 1920. I'm looking for the article about the first actual station, in Texas.  WHen I find it, I'll post it.



As far as the figures.  Two weeks ago I wrote an entire page on who sells them. ALong with their links. The post was deleted by the forum as the three companies are not forum sponsors, and two of them are located outside of CONUS....

Search for scanned figures'...😉

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Really?  Where did this information come from.  From what I understand the transmitter has always been in Pittsburgh.  Seems odd to have the studio in Pittsburgh and the transmitter thousands of miles away in Mexico and back then I doubt there was even a way to connect the 2 over that distance.  Are we talking about the same thing?

Now about those figures in your pictures...who makes them?

Marty, the station is KDAK.  That is a PA station and not the one Texas/Mexico.  The first real Broadcast was in 1909 in NYC, and again in 1910.  KDAK came along in 1920. I'm looking for the article about the first actual station, in Texas.  WHen I find it, I'll post it.



As far as the figures.  Two weeks ago I wrote an entire page on who sells them. ALong with their links. The post was deleted by the forum as the three companies are not forum sponsors, and two of them are located outside of CONUS....

Search for scanned figures'...😉

KDKA is in Pittsburgh, PA and always has been since it was established by Westinghouse in 1920.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDKA_(AM)

You also mentioned KDAK...that is in North Dakota.

I remember, from my misspent youth, listening to Wolfman Jack on a Mexican "pirate radio" station (probably XERB or XERF). It's my recollection that FCC had/has a limit of 50,000 watts on transmitters in US. As a result, some broadcasters set up shop in Mexico with 100,000 watt blasters. The station's call letters all began with "X". Fans of ZZ Top (that Little Old Band From Texas) will recall their song "Heard it on the X".

Sorry for the digression...now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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True for the most part, but four exceptions come to mind.

East of the Mississippi - KDKA (Pittsburgh), KYW (Philadelphia). West of the Mississippi - WDAF & WHB in Kansas City, MO.

Add to that KQV (Pittsburgh) – branded KQV AM 1410 – is a non-commercial easy listening radio station licensed to serve Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and covering the Greater Pittsburgh Region.  So there are 3 in Pennsylvania, 2 of which in Pittsburgh!  We never could follow convention. 

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KDKA is in Pittsburgh, PA and always has been since it was established by Westinghouse in 1920.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDKA_(AM)

You also mentioned KDAK...that is in North Dakota.

I remember, from my misspent youth, listening to Wolfman Jack on a Mexican "pirate radio" station (probably XERB or XERF). It's my recollection that FCC had/has a limit of 50,000 watts on transmitters in US. As a result, some broadcasters set up shop in Mexico with 100,000 watt blasters. The station's call letters all began with "X". Fans of ZZ Top (that Little Old Band From Texas) will recall their song "Heard it on the X".

Sorry for the digression...now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Ah ha!!  So that is where "Heard it on the X" came from. 

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