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.
“Rich detail about the landmark educational [radio] station, much of it previously untold.”
—Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
“Readers ... interested in the history of educational radio and the original distance learning will particularly enjoy it.”
“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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