Broadcasting 101

This site is not only for the people wanting to remember the "good old days" of broadcasting, but also for the new people in the business who haven't got a clue as to what has gone on before!

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Welcome to Broadcasting 101. This is the place to remember the good old days of radio and TV.


  • One into Four: ABC Radio
    How ABC Radio was legally able to serve a thousand stations with four networks at a time when FCC rules didn't allow multiple network operation.
    (See the "Network Cue Tones" page [letter "N"] for information on the network cue signals.)
  • Amos and Andy
    Two stories from behind the scenes at the "Amos 'n' Andy" show told by a producer of the show. (Get a hankie ready! No. Get several!)
  • Announcer Test
    Think you can make it as an announcer? Try this test and see.
  • Automation Units
    Starting off with the units from Schaefer Electronics, Chatsworth CA.


  • "Beany & Cecil" was "Time for Beany"
    I was surprised to learn that the animated cartoon series had been preceeded by a puppet show done live on KTLA, Los Angeles. Not only was Bob Clampett the creator of the show, but Stan Freberg and Daws Butler supplied voices for the show.
  • Don Burden Loses Licenses
    The article about Don Burden losing his station licenses.

  • Broadcasting 101 (Basics)
    An ever expanding list of people and events that all broadcasters should know, or be aware of.


  • Cameras and other TV station pictures
    Just what the title says.
  • Cameras (Even More)
    ...and Control Rooms and more from Germany, Japan and Argentina
    This is a contributor from Argentina. Thanks, Anselmo!
    Warning: Big Files!
  • Color TV Systems
    A look at the two color TV systems that were trying to win FCC approval in the early fifties.


  • Robert Flanders Profile Man who had a long career with Indianapolis Radio and TV WFBM AM-FM-TV, then WRTV when McGraw-Hill bought the TV station. Very interesting profile.
  • FM"Superpower" Radio Stations (Yes, it's true...)
    I have provided a link to another site that covers this much, much better.


  • Indianapolis Radio and Television
    Pictures of radio and TV stations from the Indianapolis area.
  • Indianapolis Radio and Television 2
    Material from another collector in Tennessee.
  • Indiana Radio 1933
    A list of stations on the air in 1933.


  • The KLEE-TV Reception Hoax
    You must have heard of this. If not, here's the story and the solution! How a Texas TV station was seen thousands of miles away (overseas!) and three years after they signed off. (This was way-y-y-y before videotape!)
  • KTLAWe Had a Blast
    Note: This is not science fiction!
    The phone company wanted a lot of time and money to install a line from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, there was less than thirty days to get the job done.
    This is the the story of how Klaus Landsburg at KTLA, Los Angeles, did the impossible and delivered quality TV signals to the entire nation of an atomic bomb test.
  • Klaus LandsbergA Biography
    How Klaus Landsberg made his way to Los Angeles to build a television station that became a leader in programming and electronic innovation.
  • Yuma, Arizona, Radio Station helps concoct flying record
    KYUM, in the spirit of community service, helps put together a promotion to keep a single engine airplane aloft for new world's record!


  • Links Other places to visit after you've seen all there is to see at this location.
  • "Clayton Moore NOT the only Lone Ranger!"
    Clayton Moore was not the only man to play the Lone Ranger on TV or Radio.


  • NBC Radio "Monitor"
    Bits of trivia about the long running weekend radio show and its "magazine" format.

  • MPATI: TV from the Sky--BS (before satellites)
    Note: This is not science fiction, either!
    (Shame on those of you that thought "BS" meant that this story was a total fabrication.)
  • Music Survey
    For the last week in June, 1969. WIFE Radio, 1310 kHz, Indianapolis.


  • NBC-TV Logos
    A variety of NBC logos and an NBC test pattern (no call letters).
    (from the "Time and Again" open and close montage on MSNBC.)
  • Network Cue Tones Bits of trivia about the cue tones used by network radio stations to automate or alert stations on programming and commercials.
  • ABC Radio Tone System This page deals with the cue system for the ABC Radio Network starting with 1968 when the network split into four radio services.
  • News Point / Counterpoint
    The entertainment division brings in a big time, secret guest but the news department wants him, too. Which division should win out? When does News outrank Entertainment?
  • UPDATED NHK Museum
    A visit to the TV and Radio Museum of Private, Non-commercial broadcaster NHK, Tokyo, Japan. (June, 1983)


  • Radio of Yesteryear A commentary on what radio was, and how, through program division and market segmentation, we have lost a sense of community by not having something to really listen to on the radio.
  • Radio Network Operations in San Francisco...with pictures!
    Why was there a need for a network operations center in San Francisco?
    Do you know NBC's former colors?

  • Radio & TV Schedules Reproductions of TV and radio schedules from the late 40's and 50's.


  • What is a Sigalert?
    Southern California people already know what it is, and if you read this guy's article, but if you don't know what a Sigalert is read about it here.
  • Station Histories A small section dedicated to the histories of broadcast stations.
  • FCC Information Bulletin on Subliminals
    A report on experiments in subliminal messages on TV.


  • Early TV Operations Before 1945
    Information for those of you that didn't know there were TV stations on the air before 1945.
    For further information see the book: "Please Stand By: A Prehistory of Television" by Michael Ritchie. Order it from your bookstore, or find it in your local Public Library.

  • TV & Radio Schedules Reproductions of TV and radio schedules from the late 40's and 50's.

  • TV & Ads Advertisements of televisions from the 1950's.

  • The ABC's of Test Patterns
    A detailed explanation of what test patterns did. (They're not just a work of art! Although at least one person has done so.)
  • Test Pattern Collection
    My collection of test patterns, stations ids, Academy leader countdowns, etc.


  • Video Museum Pictures from a couple of TV shows..


  • Pictures of pioneer station W3XE and its later life as WPTZ and KYW-TV
    Material from another collector in Pennsylvania.
  • WKRP in Cincinnati--AM or FM?
    Remember the original show? Was it an AM or an FM station? (This is the original CBS-TV network series, and not the first-run syndicated programs produced later. I missed those shows and I do not know if any changes were made.)
  • WLW Radio ---AM and Shortwave
    Bits and pieces, some technical, about WLW, not only "the Nation's Station," but also the world.
    The story is spread out over four pages, but you'll be able to navigate from each page.
  • "Watching the World Series in Yuma"
    What a TV station in Yuma, Arizona did to bring its citizens the World Series -- live.
  • "When Working in Radio was Fun!"
    The title says it all. What it was like to work in radio before big corporations, automation, and satellites took over.
By the way, here's that Indian Head Test Pattern you're looking for.
(But please, see the rest of my site first.)


Anybody got a copy of a more modern Indian Head? If you do please send it to me.