The 1954 WLS Family Album:

The WLS Engineers

Right: Tom Rowe well remembers the the now antiquated equipment in the Sears-Roebuck and Hotel Sherman WLS studios when the station went on the air, April 12, 1924. As Chief Engineer, he has supervised WLS growth from 500 to 50,000 watts. He has seen WLS equipment outmoded and replaced several times, for it is his job to keep up with all technical advances. Consequently, WLS boasts the most modern studio, control and recording equipment, complete with instant switching facilities.

Left: Charles Nehlsen, assistant studio engineer, is standing beside one of the racks of tape recording equipment used to record programs for later play-back. Auditions are frequently recorded on tape, too. Charley recorded the famous Hindenburg disaster for WLS on May 6, 1937.

Right: Roy Huberty and Vern Felton test short wave remote transmitter and receiver equipment on the roof.

Left: Bill Taylor is shown at the new RCA Consolette in Studio A control room during Dinnerbell Time.

Right: Getting ready to check an out-of-town program pickup is Dale Shimp. He's in front of the main jack panel in the WLS master control room.

Left: Maurice Donnelly records an entire 15-minute network program on a 16-inch acetate disc at 33-1/3 RPM. It is for play-back at a more convenient listening time.

Right: Cameraman caught Chuck Ostler and Ray Ferris from Studio A as Chuck monitored and Ray produced "Stumpus" from the control room. This is a familiar scene to WLS performers during many of our studio broadcasts.

Right: Veteran studio engineer Burr Whyland is shown at the Studio C control panel. He has monitored many auditions from the studio and should be a good judge of talent.

Left: Bill Keller is shown coordinating all of the technical facilities during a National Barn Dance broadcast. He's at Master Control, the "nerve center" between Prairie Farmer studios and the transmitter, 25 miles from Chicago.

Left: Homer Courchene, who was employed soon after WLS started in 1924, has been chief transmitter engineer for many years. In this job he and his staff are responsible for maintaining the big modern transmitter plant southwest on U.S. Highwat 45 at South 183rd St. near Tinley Park.

Right: Here are engineers Ernest Serena, William T. Anderson, George Busch, H.F. Kohnitz and R. Schmidt, seated; five members of the crew that mans the transmitter plant near Tinley Park.

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