On September 4, 1950, WEXT Radio became WOKY and hit the Milwaukee airwaves at 920 on the AM dial. In 2000, legendary disc jockey Bob Barry helped the station celebrate “50 Years in 50 Days” with this recording.
WRJN Radio, Racine, was put on the air by two businessmen from Oak Park, Illinois. They also served as the station’s first announcer and engineer. WRJN was founded in partnership with the Racine Journal News, hence the station’s call letters.
From the day they began signing onto the airwaves more than half a century ago – and in some cases, more than 75 years ago, Wisconsin radio and televisions stations shaped the history of every corner of the state. They brought the world to homes from Waukesha to Watertown to Washburn. They broadcast news, sports and entertainment, and they both informed and reflected the lives of their local viewers.
Many stations have now celebrated their golden anniversaries on the air. The Wisconsin Museum of Broadcasting is proud to present these reports, created by the stations themselves as they looked back on their contribution to Wisconsin’s broadcasting history.