Nearly one year ago, the radio industry, along with the NAB, started their salute to Radio’s 100 years of service in the United States. While radio stations exited in the 1910s, it was the might of Westinghouse and its KDKA in Pittsburgh that brought Radio into the 1920s as a force to be reckoned with.
One of those early radio stations that predates KDKA didn’t get commercially licensed to Boston until its relocation there in 1931. Before then, it was located in Springfield, Mass. — and is the first “commercial” radio station to get a license, beating even KDKA on this technical merit.
That could explain why the current owner of that Bay State giant, WBZ-AM 1030, is sparking a 100-day centennial celebration for the station on Sunday.