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Photographs of Hollywood Radio Stations Pt. 1

Photographs of Hollywood Radio Stations - Part 1

Radio’s  early history in Los Angeles was one of hit and miss, of trial and error – –  the identical experience of radio throughout the United States in the days of crystal sets and earphones. Radio broadcast began in Los Angeles in 1922 when four stations were established. Three of them – – KNX, KFI, and KHJ – – dominated local broadcasting from the beginning and continue to do so today, each representing the a major national chain. As elsewhere in the country, radio was considered merely a novelty in 1922. The develop meant ofKNX, the stormy petrel of early radio in Los Angeles, prior to its acquisition by the Columbia broadcasting system, was due to the originality and persistence of Guy C. Earl,  promotion manager of the Los Angeles evening express newspaper, who entered the radio Field in 1923 by arranging for his newspaper to give away 1000 crystal sets as part of a...

Early Hollywood Radio & Television Broadcasts and Radio Stations

If you were to walk down Vine Street in the 30’s-40’s, you would see lit-up station call letters in every direction. In the golden ages of radio and television, Hollywood was the broadcast capitol, and Vine Street was mecca.

Movies, of course, made Hollywood’s image, but daily national radio shows captured Hollywood the place in living rooms across the country, and helped it become the world’s entertainment capital. And when TV came on the scene, show business would change forever. The hollywoodphotographs.com website has scores of vintage photos of Hollywood radio and television stations. There are more than 125 rare photographs of Hollywood television and radio stations on the website.

Early Hollywood Radio Stations

It started in 1924, fledgling station KNX beamed daily broadcasts of orchestra music and movie star interviews from a downtown theatre. KHJ soon sprung...