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1907 Fall Dr. Charles Culver arrives at Beloit College
1908 Summer "radio telegraph assembly" set up in Pearsons Hall
1909 May 8 First public demonstration of Culver's "wireless telegraphy"
1910 1K.-W. Wireless Station in daily operation
1913 Feb.3 Wireless Station broadcasting time signals
1917 May 25 Beloit radio unit made official by war department
1918 Oct 16 Unit mobilized as company A, 307th Field Signal Battalion
1920 Culver leaves Beloit
1922 April 12 Beloit College makes public plans for a radio station
1923 April 7 Construction begins
1924 Oct 26 WEBW's first broadcast, the Sunday Vespers service
1925 January 9 First Sports broadcast (Basketball game against Coe)
1930 Post-commencement WEBW sold to Wisconsin State Journal Company of Madison
1947 Beloit Daily News builds commercial station WBNB-FM
1948 January 9 Plans are made for a wired station - Speech 223 set up as a Radio course
      December First student board of directors appointed
      December 14 WBCR-AM broadcasts "Inaugural Program" From basement of Scoville Hall
1949 February Call letters changed to WBWR-AM (W Beloit Wired Radio)
      September Beloit College buys WBNB-FM
1950 Jan 31 WBNB-FM shut down
1952 April First prominent record servicing begins (Capitol records)
1954-56 Radio Station revitalized
1956 Nov. ? WBCR-AM begins broadcasting again
1957 Fall Arrival of Faculty Advisor Carl Balson
1960 January 8 First broadcast of an away game (Basketball - against Knox)
1961 Spring WBCR-AM becomes largest student organization on campus
1964 Fall Beloit Plan commences
1965 Summer WBCR begins Summer broadcasts
1966 Jan 10 10-watt WBCR-FM begins broadcasting at 88.1 on the dial
1968 UPI teletype news wire service added
1969-71 Gradual transfer to free-form format
1971 Fall First attempt at 24 hour-a-day broadcasting
1972 Spring Playlists instituted
1973 January WBCR moves to the basement of Haven
      Summer First Woman Station Manager (Peggy Robinson)
1974 Fall WBCR-AM shut down
1978 Fall Beloit Plan ends
1979 Fall Program Director Jeff Geer eliminates Free-Form and institutes stricter format
1981 Fall Trivia Contests commence
1983 October WBCR-FM is boosted to 100 watts at 90.3
1985 January WBCR-FM moves to the top floor of Pearsons Hall - wattage increased to 130
      Summer WBCR-FM's first Summer broadcast since 1978 - first official use of off-campus volunteers
1988 Spring Beloit Cable Access Television rebuilt, gains new contract
1989 Spring Communications Major established (as track of Theatre department)



1897 Guglielmo Marconi patents "wireless telegraphy" system
1912 Radio Act of 1912 - Broadcasting licenses required by law
1917 The United States enters World War 1
1920 KDKA broadcasts election returns
1922 More than 500 broadcasting stations licensed during year
1925 Thirty-seven educational stations give up
1927 Federal Radio Commission created under the Radio Act of 1927
1928 FRC shifts most stations, abolishes eighty-three
Twenty-three more educational stations give up
1929 Wall Street boom - followed by crash
1932 NBC starts television station in Empire State Building
1933 Edwin Armstrong demonstrates FM for RCA executives
1934 Proposal to reserve 25 per cent of radio channels for education (Wagner-Hatfield bill) defeated
  Communications Act is passed
1936 "Wired-Wireless" Carrier Current system created at Brown University
  RCA launches $1,000,000 television field tests
1938 Orson Welles broadcast of "War of The Worlds"
1939 Armstrong completes FM station at Alpine, New Jersey
  RCA television demonstration at New York World's Fair
  Television on limited-commercial basis
  Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) formed
1940 FCC decides television will have FM sound
1941 Television goes on commercial basis
1944 Rise of disk-jockey programming
1946 Television sets go on sale
  Color television demonstrations by CBS and NBC
  Tape recorders bring changes in programming and production
1947 FCC institutes simulcasting
1948 33 1/2 and 45 RPM records appear

FCC starts "freeze" on television licenses
1951 Blacklisting institutionalized at networks and agencies
1952 FCC reserves television channels for education
  FCC lifts "freeze" and processes license applications
  Hundreds of television stations rush to reach air
1953 Noncommercial television begins in Houston
1957 Stereo albums first released
1961 FM stereo stations commence broadcasting
1962 Telstar I inaugurates satellite relays of television programs
  Growth of noncommercial television aided by federal grants for facilities
1966 FCC assumes jurisdiction over cable television
1967 Corporation for Public Broadcasting formed
1978 FCC begins crackdown on 10-watt stations
1990 FCC attempts to initiate a $35 operator's license fee and eliminate "safe-harbor" period