Crowds Watch W9XAP Program on Sets Operated by Dealers
television is still in the experimental stage it was taken out of the laboratory
last night when W9XAP, the experimental television station owned and operated
by the Daily News went on the air at 8 p.m. with a half hour program of pictures
synchronized with voice broadcast through WMAQ
More than 300 television receivers placed in the hands of dealers throughout Chicago
and its suburbs demonstrated to thousands of curious spectators that there was
something to this thing referred to as talking pictures of the air.
Unfortunately the program did not go through as planned due to the failure of
a filter condenser in the transmitter and there was a break in the continuity
as engineers placed the transmitter in service again. While the rest of the demonstration
did not show results as good as those obtained during the first few minutes, they
showed the possibilities of this new addition to the radio family.
for the Layman
the introduction of television there are numberous things that must be taken into
consideration on the part of station engineers and the public. The station operators
will, through tests, determine those things that will make the television pictures
better, but it remains for the layman to "get the hang" of his television
receiver in order that he may receive the pictures in the proper manner.
The situation might be compared to the early days of radio when the owner of a
crystal set would search diligently for the "hot spot" of his crystal
in order that he might hear the low strains of music coming from a station miles
distant. Today the owner of a television receiver must not only accurately tune
his receiver so that he receives a good, sharp signal, but he must also watch
the framing of the picture so that it is centered within the square of light made
by the neon lamp that corresponds to the loud speaker connected to the radio voice
This fact was forcefully demonstrated in Chicago last night when some of the dealers,
having their first television receivers, found a lack of familiarity to their
disadvantage. Not realizing that there was station trouble when the picture first
faded, they turned the dials and the framing control on the receiver, with the
result that when the station returned on the air they did not receive the signal.
Others who were patient and allowed the controls to remain as set did receive
the remainder of the program.
program that constituted W9XAP's introduction to the air was especially prepared
by the continuity department of WMAQ. Bill Hay gave the opening announcement and
reports from dealers in all points of the city were in agreement that he could
be distinguished with ease.
That oart of the program which followed the break included a talk of welcome by
Edward G. McDougall, president of Libby, McNeilland Libby, sponsors of the program
on WMAQ; the Whitney Trio; Ken Murray, R-K-O commedian; Harold Kooden, saxophonist;
Betty McLEan, dramatist; George Smith, baritone; Harold Van Horne, pianist, and
a comedy act together with an exhibition bout staged by Tuffy Griffith and Stanley
Subsequent to the regular program another half hour of pictures was transmitted
without voice accompaniment as a further demonstration of the possibilities of
television. At this time among other features a cartoonist worked before the microvisor
to show that the lines of his drawing could be clearly defined on the receiver
With the first public test completed the engineers on the Daily News staff will
will work during the remainder of the week prior to the beginning of the regular
schedule of television broadcasts to correct such deficiencies as were found in
the broadcast of last night. The fact that double scanning devices necessitating
fading facilities have been incorporated into the studio apparatus complicates
the setup and has a direct bearing upon the action of the transmitter.
Another unofficial test program will be transmitted some time today, the time
depending upon the findings of the engineering staff.
The demonstration has shown conclusively that the public is intensely interested
in television, and it is thought that with the inauguration of regularly scheduled
prepared programs of the talking pictures of the air, a widespread interest in
the art will be made manifest. Those responsible for the activities of W9XAP are
highly elated with the restults attained on the first attempt.