Sunday, May 22, 2016

Media Confidential: May 22 Radio History

Media Confidential: May 22 Radio History: In 1900... In New York City, the Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative. In 1922..WGR in Buffalo, NY signed-on...
The history of one of Buffalo's earliest radio stations has its roots at sea. On April 1, 1921 the Governor, a passenger ship, sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean after collision with a freighter, the West Hartland.

The passenger ship’s assigned radio call letters were WGR. Due to maritime superstition, the call sign was never reissued to another ship and reverted to a pool of available call signs for new radio stations.