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Radio History

Wireless transmissions were a reality in St. Louis as early as 1912 when St. Louis University broadcast weather information in Morse Code, but it wasn't until 1920 that voice transmission became a reality here.

Then two boy-genius engineers built a transmitter in their basements in South St. Louis and broadcast results of the Harding-Cox presidential election. Those men, William E Woods and Lester Benson, built several more transmitters through their Benwood company and eventually became station owners.

Our radio website traces the development of the radio industry in St. Louis and highlights those who worked in it.