of WMAQ settled into a schedule routine early in 1924, with three
regular broadcast periods every day except Sunday. The first Chicago
Nemo’s were installed by WMAQ at Lyon
and Healy’s Music Store, and at the Chicago Civic Opera House.
In the summer of 1925 WMAQ broadcast the Democratic and Republican
conventions exclusively to Chicago,
by arrangement with the A.T.&.T.
1924 World Series baseball games were also broadcast by WMAQ in
October, and a new field of sports reporting was opened to radio
broadcasting. Public interest in these baseball games was very
much apparent, and the Daily News decided to look closely into
this new field of radio. All during that fall and winter plans
were completed for broadcasting the local Chicago
games of both the American and National League teams for the next
season. Miss Waller, incidentally, first sold P.K. Wrigley on
the idea of broadcasting from Wrigley Field. WMAQ was the first
station in the United States to broadcast every home
baseball game, an arrangement which began on June 1st,
1925, and continued for many seasons.
Daily News and WMAQ also took an active interest in all other
sports, both collegiate and professional. Football games from
the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field were
begun in the fall of 1925, the first game being played October
3rd, between Chicago
and Kentucky, and believed to
be the first regular football game broadcast in the United States.
Chicago at that time was devois of
qualified announcers as it was of experienced operators. In order
to accurately broadcast these various sports activities, it was
necessary for the Daily News to draft two of its experienced reporters
for radio work. The two chosen were” Harry Beardsley and Hal
Hal is still doing sports broadcasts for NBC.
sports reporter, Kenneth Fry of the Chicago Evening Post, was
also doing occasional stints for WMAQ in 1925. Ken is now Director
of Special Events for the NBC Central Division.
was the only Chicago station to
broadcast the Coolidge inaugural from Washington in March, 1925, and all other local
stations courteously remained silent during the special broadcast
so that listeners would not be detracted from the important event.
the same month the Victor Phonograph Company presented the first
of a series of concerts over an improvised network of some twenty
stations scattered between WEAF in New York
and WMAQ in Chicago.
This probably was the first “commercial” network broadcast, and
was the forerunner of the present-day independent network systems.