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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

1930: JEROME; First Broadcast of KCRJ, June 12.

Verde Heritage

"FEDERAL LICENSE IS RECEIVED BY CHARLES ROBINSON: STATION CONSTRUCTION BEGINS."

"That programs from station KCRJ, Jerome, will be on the air in the very near future was announced yesterday by Charles Robinson, owner of the music and jewelry business that bears his name, the broadcasting license for the new station having been received from the Federal Radio commission. Work on the erection of towers and the installation of the broadcasting equipment will begin within a week's time, Robinson said."

"Equipment for the new station was bought from the Neilsen Radio Supply company of Phoenix, and Mr. Robinson will go to Phoenix the last of this week for final inspection and acceptance of the machinery, which will take place on Saturday. The material bought is the last word in modern radio broadcasting equipment, and the plant will cost about $6,000."

"The broadcasting studio will be located in the Robinson store on Main street and acoustical felt one inch thick has arrived for lining the room to assure perfect sound. Arrangement of the instrument board will be such as to allow its convenient handling from both sides of the wall of the studio, into which it will be set."

"Besides broadcasting of programs originating in the studio of KCRJ, Mr. Robinson states that programs by electrical transcription will also be used. Definite broadcasting plans have not yet been completed but will be announced in the near future."

"Radio station KCRJ, Jerome, will operate on 1310 kilocycles. W. R. Saunders is to be the station manager and announcer, and Roy Morrison, station operator. The station has an unlimited hour license, but it is expected most of the programs will be given during the day time."

"The institution of the new broadcasting station is an indication of the progressiveness of Mr. Robinson and will do much to advertise and boost the town. The station name, KCRJ, is taken from the key letter 'K' and the initial letters of 'Charles Robinson' and 'Jerome.'"

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; April 1, 1930; page 1, column 2.)

"12 HOUR PROGRAM TO OPEN STATION."

"With a twelve-hour program scheduled for the opening day, KCRJ, the Verde District's own broadcasting station will officially go on the air at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Chas. C. Robinson, owner of KCRJ, stated this morning that the station has been completed for some time and has only been awaiting word from the Radio Commission. This morning a wire was received from Representative Douglas stating that the commission had granted a temporary permit and that the way was cleared so that the station could go on the air immediately."

"KCRJ is a 100-watt station operating on 1310 kilocycles and is one of the most modern stations in the United States. It is built on the same plan as WLW, Cincinnati, recognized as the finest station in the world."

"A test program broadcast last week showed the new station to be unusually clear of tone and to have an exceptionally long range. Even before the program was completed, which was broadcast unannounced, phone calls and wires were received from all over the district and points as far away as Flagstaff and Prescott stating that the program was coming in very clearly."

"The broadcasting rooms of the station are located in the store of C. C. Robinson on Main street and for the present all programs will originate there."

"Much care has been given to the opening program next Thursday, which will inaugurate the regular daily broadcasts. This program will consist of 12 hours of entertainment, sponsored by leading business houses of the District. Each program will be individual in type of entertainment presented. Local and outside talent have been booked for the day, and nothing has been spared to make the opening an immense success." ...

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, June 10, 1930; page 1, column 6.)

"FIRST BROADCAST OF KCRJ WELL RECEIVED IN DISTRICT: Station Shows Unusual Range and Clarity of Tone and Volume."

"Presenting a full 12-hour program of varied entertainment, the Jerome radio station KCRJ officially went on the air Thursday morning at 7:00 o'clock. Throughout the day the entire valley sounded like one large music box for every receiving set was tuned in on the local station and everywhere was heard the same music."

"The new station, owned and operated by C. C. Robinson immediately gained the friendship of the radio fans of the district with its excellent program and unusually clear tone."

"Unlike most stations of 100 watts, KCRJ has an unusually long range and calls from Prescott, Chino valley, and Flagstaff stated that the program was coming in smoothly and clearly. The opening of the new station will end the trouble of static that has so hampered local reception."

"A most varied and pleasing program was presented, with an exceptional amount of talent. Two orchestras were on tap, besides many soloists, pianists, specialty entertainers, and a wealth of the finest recordings."

"Because of the pressure and strain of the first broadcast which became possible sooner than was expected, when the permit was wired from Washington, Mr. Saunders, manager of the station, stated that he could not announce the exact program for the next few days."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, June 13, 1930; page 1, columns 1-2.)




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