Sunday, August 5, 2012

August 5, 1935: The Premier of Backstage Wife

August 5, 1935: MBS aired Backstage Wife for the first time on this day.

Mary Noble, Backstage Wife was an American soap opera radio program about the travails of Mary Noble, a girl from a small town in Iowa who came to New York seeking her future.

The main role was played by Vivian Fridell from 1935 until the early 1940s. The show was created by Frank and Anne HummertBackstage Wife was sponsored by Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder and Procter & Gamble.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 4, 1927: WGY First Operation Using 100 KW Transmitter

August 4, 1927: On this day WGY, the General Electric station in Schenectady, NY, previously known as Station 2XAG, started its operation trial. It used a 100 KW transmitter that was later changed to 50 KW on clear channel by FCC regulation to avoid interference between existing radio stations.

WGY was a broadcast group from 1922 until 1983. WGY was also a pioneer of Remote Broadcasting. WGY aired a concert from Union College on February 23, 1922.

WGY was also known as the first radio station to use a condenser microphone, developed by General Electric on February 7, 1923.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1928, WGY became the first radio station in the world to televise radio drama on separate radio channels.