year 1925 was one of decided prosperity in Chicago.
There was a great deal of construction completed in the Loop,
and the absorption of the WMAQ signal by these new office buildings
reduced the operating efficiency considerably. WMAQ had been operating
with the same Western Electric 500 watt transmitter ever since
the station moved to the La Salle Hotel, and the need for later
and more efficient equipment became more pronounced with each
passing say. Arrangements were accordingly completed in the fall
of 1925 for a new and more powerful transmitter---a 1000 watt
Electric type 6A. At the time there were many radical changes
made in studio design and control room layout, so that WMAQ was
brought up-to-date in every respect.
December 10th, 1925, the first program was broadcast
from the new studios and the new transmitter. Sophie Braslau was again the guest of WMAQ on the dedication program,
together with Alfred Wallenstein and
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
that date the new hours of operation were from noon to 1:00 p.m.,
2:00 to 3:00 p.m., 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday
night was still acknowledged as Silent Night. And WMAQ continued
its policy of not broadcasting on Sunday.
new transmitter met with instand success after its inception and greatly increased
the coverage of WMAQ. On a number of occasions reception was reported
and verified from England,
Ireland and Australia.