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WEBC Radio at Duluth, Minnesota

The WEBC Radio Duluth, Minnesota.  The station started out with 50 watts in 1924 on 242 meters/1240 KHz on the AM dial.  Power was increased to 100 watts in 1925.  This photo was tken in 1926.  The station increased to 250 watts in 1927 when 17 year old Charles B. Persons joined the station.  He stayed for 28 years.  Power was increased to 500 watts in 1929.
Here is the 5000 watt WEBC transmitter running on 1290 KHz, built in 1935.  It was later moved to 1320 KHz, then 560 KHz.
This is the WEBC transmitter in Superior, Wisconsin, September 1941.
The WEBC Radio control room in Duluth.
Back then, radio stations had a control engineer and a wall full of amplifiers with patch cables.

Many stations, including WEBC, hired bands or orchestras to provide musical entertainment to listeners.
Announcers were heard acting radio plays live on the radio.
These photos are on display in the visitor restroom at our business office.
There is an interesting mural in the Superior, Wisconsin, Public Library.  It depicts the Telegram Newspaper building with two towers on the roof.  
Those towers were for WEBC Radio in Duluth/Superior back in the 1920s when it was at 242 meters/1240 KHz.  
Mark's father Charles B. Persons was the engineer for this station, and others in the Arrowhead Radio Network. 


But wait, there's more!

Charlie Persons wrote a book about his life in broadcasting. 

Much of it is about WEBC Radio in Duluth, Minnesota.

Sherlock Holmes at the Pavek Museum


The stories go on and on.  Stop in again sometime.  I'll leave the soldering iron on for you. 

Mark W. Persons   ham W0MH

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