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WWNC, ASHEVILLE'S FIRST 

RADIO STATION, OPENS IN 1927

Photo:  Asheville Citizen Newspaper, February 20, 1927

Great Fanfare for the Opening

On Sunday, February 20, 1927, the Asheville Citizen newspaper gave full page coverage to the grand opening events planned the next day for WWNC's first official broadcast.  You can read some of these articles using the links below.

WWNC was launched less than seven years after the first commercial radio broadcast station (KDKA in late 1920 in Pittsburgh) and one year after RCA formed NBC, the first national radio network.  It was originally funded by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, which raised $38,000 (nearly $500,000 in today's dollars).

 

Within a few years,WWNC became one of the leading radio stations in the country.  It was hailed locally for bringing entertainment, news and public service broadcasts to the rural mountains.  It could be heard clearly not only in the Carolinas, but in many east coast and gulf coast states (as far away as Texas).

Read this interesting 2017 post about WWNC by the North Carolina Room at the Pack Library in Asheville.

Links to vintage newspaper articles

The stamp above is called a Verified Reception Stamp for Asheville's station WWNC.  For more information, click here to see a stamp album from the 1920s.

 

The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum Inc

Smoky Mountain QCWA Chapter 145

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