1940s Wichita radio shows available to listen online

Tony Duesing
May 06, 2020 - 12:49 pm
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Recently, KFH Radio, the oldest radio station in Kansas, has been cataloging a radio show series from the early 1940s and posting them online at KFHradio.com for all to hear. These shows were produced and performed in Wichita. 

"This is Wichita" was a weekly program that ran on radio station KFH (Kansas' Finest Hotel) in Wichita, Kansas from October 20, 1940 to December 4, 1941. The program dramatized stories from pioneer days as they appeared in The Wichita Eagle. KFH was known as "The Voice of The Wichita Eagle". Program host switched between Vernon Reed and Hal Norman.

The program originally aired on Sunday nights but was moved to Thursday on October 30, 1941.

The shows were digitized off the original glass records at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. All disks were cleaned with a solution of distilled water and ammonia prior to playing. Additional editing, removal of pops, skips and scratches, (as much as possible) was done using Adobe Audition.  

There are 50 shows that will be posted through the month of May. 

Listen to shows: CLICK HERE

KFH is due to celebrate 100 years of broadcasting in 2022. More on KFH's history: https://kfh.radio.com/articles/kfh-history


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