The History of WMAQ Radio

Chapter 9

The 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 Western 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.

On 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.

From 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.

The 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.

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