A Motor City Radio Centennial Is Celebrated


In radio lore, the November 1920 presidential election coverage presented by KDKA-AM 1020 in Pittsburgh is widely recognized as the first broadcast for the oldest continuously licensed media property in the U.S. Then, there’s the history behind KCBS-AM 740 in San Francisco, with broadcasts tied to its original licensee that date to 1909, in San Jose, Calif. — predating KQW-AM’s 1921 birth.

Until now, these stations have overshadowed a 50,000-watt Class B facility that first found life as “8MK,” the Detroit News Radiophone operating from the newspaper’s long-standing facility at Lafayette and Second Avenue in the Michigan metropolis.

Thursday, August 20, marks the 100th anniversary of that very first broadcast for what is today WWJ-AM 950, an Entercom all-News outlet that remains integral to Detroit’s media landscape.



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