D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

WWNC Radio Station
Asheville, North Carolina

"First Anniversary WWNC Radio Station," [Cover ] [wwnc000]
D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC at Asheville 28804
Title First Anniversary WWNC Radio Station
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/books/booklets/wwnc_radio/wwnc_radio.htm
Creator WWNC Radio Station
Subject Keyword WWNC radio station ; radio ; music ;  travel and tourism ; Asheville, NC ; Flatiron Building ;    Frank A. Barber ; E.A. Jackson, Jr. ; Frank L. Conder ; Jimmie Rodgers ; J. Dale Stentz ; A.W. Shropshire ; J.M. Lorick ;
Subject LCSH Barber, Frank A. 
Jackson, E.A. 
Conder, Frank L.
Stentz, J. Dale
 Lorick, J.M.
A.W. Shropshire
WWNC (Asheville, N.C.)
Asheville (N.C.) -- History -- Pictorial works
Asheville (N.C.) -- Architecture
North Carolina -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
Asheville (N.C.) -- Description and travel
Date digital 2004-04-20
Publisher  [Digital Publisher] D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

Type Source type: Photographs ; Text 
Format image/jpeg/text
Source Edgar Lyda Collection, lyd79.4.3.lyd06
Language EN=English
Relation LeCompte Postcard Collection ; E.M. Ball Photographic Collection, UNCA 
[ N1686 ; N1685 ; N1688 ; N1684 ; N1687 ]
Coverage temporal 1926-27
Coverage spatial Asheville, NC
Rights Any display, publication or public use must credit D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor None  
Description A brochure produced in celebration of the first anniversary of WWNC radio station, Asheville, NC.  It contains a brief history of the stations origins and lists and photographs of contributors and individuals who performed or contributed programming to the radio station during the first year of existence. 
Acquisition 1979
Citation 'Edgar Lyda Collection, WWNC Radio booklet' D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff, Erica Ojermark, 2004
Last update 2004-04-04
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cover wwnc_cover [Cover of Anniversary issue.]

WWNC Radio Station
Asheville, North Carolina (1926-1927)

cover back wwnc000a [no text] no image



The 1927-28 Radio Committee:

1.) Carl R. Bamford, Chairman ;

2.) L.B. Rogers ;

3.) A.G. Barnett

The 1926-27 Radio Committee:

4.) Frank A. Barber, Chairman ;

5.) E.A. Jackson, Jr. ' Frank Conder (No Photo) Chamber of Commerce Leaders:

6.) F. Roger Miller, Manager ;

7.) Daniel W. Hill, President

page 3 wwnc003 RESUME

"In the Fall of 1926 the Chamber of Commerce appointed a special Radio Committee to purchase and erect a radio transmitter for the purpose of broadcasting programs for the benefit of Asheville and Western North Carolina. This committee consisted of Frank A. Barber, E. A. Jackson, Jr. and Frank L. Conder. 

After through investigation, the committee purchased from WSM, of Nashville, Tenn., their one thousand watt Western Electric transmitter which was dismantled and shipped to Asheville and installed on the top of the Flatiron Building, together with added equipment, towers, etc., necessary to operate a radio station.

This committee employed J. Dale Stentz as Managing Director and Announcer and A.W. Shropshire as Chief Operator.

After many hours of testing, we finally came on the air with our first official program February 21, 1927, and have been at it ever since, having sent out 1,696 hours of entertaining, educational and religious programs.

During these 12 months we have received more than 16,000 written comments and thousands of telephone calls on our programs. These letters have come from 48 states, every province but one in Canada, Cuba, Central America, Mexico, Panama Canal Zone and ships at sea.

The publicity we have received in local, state and national papers, also in radio magazines of national distinction, has been most gratifying and would in a large measure compensate for the entire cost of operation of the station for the year.

In this time we have presented thirty-one orchestras, hundreds of singers in solo, group and chorus singing and many instrumentalists in addition to those appearing with the various orchestras.

The station management has inaugurated [a] series of programs from Chambers of Commerce, camps and schools in Western North Carolina as well as from Tennessee.

Special programs have been inaugurated by firms, institutions and our civic clubs. Just now we are presenting a series of industrial talks, in an effort to tell the outside world that not only are we AMERICA'S YEAR ROUND PLAYGROUND, but that we have a real industrial background.

When Station WWNC was first licensed we were given a wave length of 254.9 meters, but in the course of a few months through the courtesy of the Federal Radio Commission, we were granted a much more favorable channel and are now operating with 1000 watts on 1010 K.C. or 296.9 meters with unlimited time on the air.

As we enter our second year of Radiophone broadcasting, we are counting on the continued co-operation of the many interests of Western North Carolina, and look forward to the second anniversary in 1929 with the hope that this station will bring even greater publicity and prestige to Wonderful Western North Carolina.

The highest broadcasting station in Eastern America. Altitude 2,496 feet."



1. A section of the Control Room ; A. W. Shropshire (left), Chief Technician J. M. Lorick, Asst.

2. J. Dale Stentz, Director and Chief Announcer.

3. WWNC , located on the top of the Flatiron Building

4. A corner of the main studio

page 5 wwnc005 [List of] Artists Who Have Been Presented Over WWNC 
page 6 wwnc006 WWNC ARTISTS
1.  Charles E. Burnham, baritone.  
2.  WWNC Quartette (Standing) Horace B. Easom, first tenor ; George Hartrick, baritone; (seated), J. Dale Stentz, bass ; Horace J. Seeley, second tenor 
3.  A popular duo, Johnny Farmer and Frank Jackson. 
4.  George Hartrick, baritone 
5.  Mrs. J. Dale Stentz, staff accompanist 

page 7 wwnc007 WWNC ARTISTS, cont.
6.  Arthur F. Wenige, popular pianist
7.  The Plaza Serenaders, John Eversman, director
8.  The Spencer Trio, John Eversman, violin ; Mrs. Clyde Spencer, piano ; Clyde Spencer, cello 
9.  Arnold's Seven Aces, Arnold Summey, director

page 8 wwnc008 Excerpts from a Few of the Many Letters Received from Chief State Executives
page 9 wwnc009 1.) Dunn's Orchestra, Albert Dunn, director
2.) Major W. Van Nostrand Radio Supervisor Fourth District, T.G. Deiler, Radio Supervisor Fifth District
3.) First Christian Church Orchestra, Geo. Bertram, director

page 10 wwnc010 [Map showing] WHERE WWNC IS HEARD
page11 wwnc011 Sponsors of  Programs [List of individuals]
Asheville, N. C.  
Sanitary Hand Laundry  
Farmers Federation  
Stuart's Boys' Shop  
Western Carolina Auto Company  
Imperial Life Insurance Company  
Stcrchi Brothers, Inc.  
Bon Marchc  
Dunham's Music House  
Austin-Vesey Comj)any  
Central Bank & Trust Company  
Hayes-Lunsford Electric Com])aii)r  
Abbott-Knight Company  
National Forestry Service  
Middlemount Gardens  
Bingham School  
Pollock's Shoe Store National Hookup
Kress Stores  
Little Theatre  
Asheville Normal School  
Electrolier Company  
Atwatcr Kent Dealers  
Asheville Citizen  
Asheville Times  
Asheville Fire Department  
Kiibler Motor Company  
Asheville Battery Company  
Richbourg Motor Company  
B & B Motor Company  
Sawyer Motor Company  
Plemmons Motor Company  
Weaver Motor Company  
Shepherd Advertising Company Dorian's Music Company
Ebbs Bros. Sterchi Brothers, Inc.
Civic Clubs North State Pottery Company
Kiwanis Club Roberts Filling Station
Monarch Club Asheville Mattress Company
Lion's Club Piedmont Electric Company
Civitan Club Chesterfield Mill Company
American Business Club Clover Farm Stores, Inc.
Optimist Club Neely Clothing Company

Out of Town

Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce Weaverville Chamber of Commerce Fassifcrn School, Hendersonville Brevard Chamber of Commerce Franklin Chamber of Commerce Waynesvillc Chamber of Commerce Erwin, Tenn., Chamber of Commerce Chimney Rock Chamber of Commerce Camp Greystone, Hendersonville Camp Wyaconda, Waynesville Sylva Chamber of Commerce Lenoir Chamber of Commerce Tusculum College Blue Ridge Association Camp Junaluska for Girls Mars Hill College Hickory Chamber of Commerce Three Arts Club, Bristol, Va.


Dempsey-Tunney Fight Radio Industries Banquet World Series Baseball

Radio Prize Donors

Mr. F. L. Seely

Biltmore Industries

Electrolier Company

Asheville Battery Company

Radio Service Company

Treasure Chest

Carolina Power and Light Company

Dunham's Music House


Dorian's Music Company

Sterchi Brothers, Inc.

North State Pottery Company

Roberts Filling Station

Asheville Mattress Company

Piedmont Electric Company

Chesterfield Mill Company




page12 wwnc012 Subscribers [List of businesses]