The Don Kresge Memorial Museum

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WSY cabinet

The WSY radio station of Alabama Power Co. is the main feature of this display. Since WSY began broadcasting in 1920, the radios in this cabinet are representative of those that would have been used to listen to the broadcasts. Many listeners built their own radios from instructions in newspaper articles in the “Birmingham Age Herald”. WSY was only the 127th station in the U.S. approved for broadcasting in April 1922, but within 2 years more than 1000 licenses had been issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce.


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