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9XM Talking
WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea

This is the fascinating history of the innovative work of Wisconsin's educational radio stations, from the first broadcast by experimental station 9XM at the University of Wisconsin to the network of stations known today as Wisconsin Public Radio. Randall Davidson provides the first comprehensive history of the University of Wisconsin radio station, WHA; affiliated state-owned station, WLBL; and the post–World War II FM stations that formed the WPR network. Davidson describes how, with homemade equipment and ideas developed from scratch, 9XM became a tangible example of "the Wisconsin Idea," bringing the educational riches of the university to all the state's residents.


Author. Photo credit, Name Randall Davidson worked for Wisconsin Public Radio as a news producer and news anchor for eighteen years, also serving as the network's chief announcer and unofficial historian. He is now director of radio services and a senior lecturer in Radio TV Film at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.





“Given the historical significance of WHA and the added insights about the station's early struggles for survival, this is an important work of broadcast history.”
—Alan G. Stavitsky, University of Oregon

“An engaging, even engrossing, narrative about the station's pioneering work in broadcasting. ... A reader witnesses ... the struggles that small and educational broadcasters faced in the early years in what was nearly a constant battle to maintain a foothold in the frequency spectrum.”
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9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea

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April 2017

LC: 2006008875HE
270 pp.   6.5 x 10
38 b/w photos  
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22 maps  
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