KNX Celebrates Its 100 Year Anniversary
I did not know this:
The station had humble beginnings, starting in a back bedroom of the Harold Way home of Fred Christian, who was a former ship-to-shore wireless operator. He eventually started working at a radio supply store, the Electric Lighting Supply Company, one of only two radio stores in Los Angeles at the time.
While working at the store, Christian started selling parts to amateur radio operators and on September 10, 1920, he set up a ham radio station, with the call letters 6ADZ . He played phonograph records to give his customers a sense of how radio sounded and something to listen to. There was only one other person broadcasting music at that time in Southern California. Because ham radio operators had only one frequency at the time, he had to take turns getting on and off the air.
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