SPIRIT OF ALABAMA: ALABAMA HISTORICAL RADIO SOCIETY KEEPS THE AIRWAVES ALIVE WITH A LOOK BACK AT RADIO
Originally reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Mike Royer
On April 24, 1922, the first radio station operated by Alabama Power went on the air.
Now over 90 years since that historic day, another Alabama Power building now houses the Alabama Historical Radio Society Museum where the history of radio lives.
“Radio is where many things that we enjoy in our lives today began. Our cell phones, our TV, FM radio, satellite radio, without radio in the very beginning days there would be none of those things,” Dave Johnson of the Alabama Historical Radio Society said.
The memories are littered inside the museum’s walls. Some people may look at classic cars and cannot take their eyes off it, for radio lovers, they feel the same about a 1938 Zenith Wavemagnet, one of the many artifacts that can be found inside the museum.
One of the most interesting things at the Alabama Historical Society Museum is the set up that was used by Birmingham radio legend, Joe Rumore. The actual control board, turntables and the microphone used by Rumore is just one of the many items that tell more about the history of radio.
“Well, the main thing I would say is that we’re trying to preserve the history of radio for future generations and it’s regardless of whether you’re interested in the technical aspects of it or whether you’re interested in just broadcasting and old broadcast stations and things like that,” Dave Sisco of the Alabama Radio Society said.
The club meets every Tuesday and Saturday morning and it is open to the public. If you are interested in learning more about the history of radio check out their website here.