Trivia: What is the oldest continuously running radio station in the US?


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    Default Trivia: What is the oldest continuously running radio station in the US?

    I couldn't believe the answer to this one, but it makes perfect sense.

    Who do you guys think it is?
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    Okay, I just Googled it. Is it in the Hawkeye state? Trivia just ain't all that fun with Google.

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    KDKA is the oldest commercially licensed station. Are we counting time when they were experimental?

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    It's not KDKA. It's also not in Iowa. They also changed formats a few times (hint) but they've been running the same format for a long time now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trip
    KDKA is the oldest commercially licensed station. Are we counting time when they were experimental?

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    Think outside the box. Yes I think we are counting the time when they weren't commercial. But not exactly "counting" that time at that time.
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    I recently read KVI-AM 570 Seattle as being the oldest. I'll try to find the article. They also have the honor of having the #1 rated AM radio antenna location in the Country, with ground plane elements running far into Elliot Bay and with only 5 kW ERP a coverage area matching or beating many 50 kW stations.

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    It's not them. They now start with a "w" in their call.
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    Thinking outside the box, it is probably a LF or VLF maritime beacon transmitter.
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    Regarding KVI, from Wikipedia:

    KVI's legacy can be traced back to its debut on November 24, 1926, where it was licensed to Tacoma, Washington at 1280 AM. By the spring of 1928 its signal would relocate to 1060 AM, followed by another move to 760 AM in the fall. By September 1932 it had moved to its permanent 570 AM location. In 1949 KVI relocated its studios and city of license to Seattle. KVI broadcasts from a single tower on Vashon Island.

    KVI began in 1926:

    On Radio: KOMO and KVI are turning 80

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    Nope. It's actually WWV.

    They started broadcasting 6 months before KDKA.

    History of Radio Station WWV
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    Now that was an interesting lesson. Sorry I missed the game. I love trivia. :}

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    It was quite a surprise for me too, Orry. I also never knew that WWV broadcast other programming besides "the tick".
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