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WGAZ/WSBT Station records

 Collection 0169-MMC
The WGAZ/WSBT Station Records contain information pertaining to the origins and early operations of radio station WGAZ/WSBT in South Bend, Indiana. WGAZ was Indiana's first commercial radio station, owned by the South Bend Tribune newspaper. WGAZ broadcast its first commercial radio program on July 3, 1922. The station was started and managed by Tribune staff member, Eugene Leuchtman. In 1925, the station's call letters were changed to WSBT. WSBT-TV began in 1952, becoming America's first commercially-built UHF station. The collection dates from 1922 to 1973 with the bulk of the material dating from 1922 to 1955. Contents include station logbooks covering the mid to late 1920s containing program and performance notes as well as technical records; historical commentary concerning the station, including several handwritten notes as well as a printed promotional brochure with important dates in the station's history; publicity material, consisting mostly of newspaper clippings from the South Bend Tribune; a few items of station related correspondence and a couple of miscellaneous items including a 1972-1973 calendar of WSBT history.

Dates

  • 1922-1973
  • Majority of material found within 1922-1955

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publicatioght status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection dates from 1922 to 1973 with the bulk of the material dating from 1922 to 1955. Contents include station logbooks covering the mid to late 1920s containing program and performance notes as well as technical records; historical commentary concerning the station, including several handwritten notes as well as a printed promotional brochure with important dates in the station's history; publicity material, consisting mostly of newspaper clippings from the South Bend Tribune; a few items of station related correspondence and a couple of miscellaneous items including 1972-1973 calendar of WSBT history.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series:
Series 1
WGAZ/WSBT Station records

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Mr. Justin Meacham, promotion manager for WSBT, donated the Collection to the Broadcast Pioneers Library in August 1976.

Processing Information

Materials were placed into acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.
Title
The WGAZ/WSBT Station records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by John Wood
Date
1997-05
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212