Where did the first Massachusetts radio station operate?
#43525. Asked by RaeRae55. (Jan 18 04 10:35 AM)
City in Middlesex County, northeastern Massachusetts, on the Mystic River, 8km/5mi northwest of Boston; population (2000 est) 56,800. Now effectively a northern suburb of Boston, its products include printed materials, paper products, mattresses, and processed food. It was incorporated as a town in 1630 and as a city in 1892.
Medford was the site of the first radio station in Massachusetts, which began broadcasting in 1920. Tufts University (1852), one of 15 institutions of higher education in the Greater Boston area, is here. There are 28 entries on the national register of historic places.
‘Jingle Bells’ was written in Medford by James Pierpont in 1857.
**Some conflicting information:
FIRST STATION IN EACH STATE
Source: Compton's Encyclopedia
Massachusetts WBZ Springfield Sep 15 1921
FIRST STATION EACH STATE
Source: World Book 1992
MASSACHUSETTS - The state's first radio station, WGI, beganbroadcasting in Medford in 1920.
The nation’s first radio program was sent by Reginald Fessenden, broadcast from an antenna in Marshfield in 1906. The first radio station licensed in the state was WBZ in Springfield, which went on the air in 1921 and was the second licensed commercial station in the country to begin broadcasting. WBZ-TV in Boston, which was Massachusetts’s first full-time commercial television station, commenced operations in 1948. The state had 49 AM and 102 FM radio stations and 17 television stations in 2002.
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