Dig into the Archives: The Secret 90+ Year History of College Radio at Haverford (Canceled)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
MAGILL MAGILL Special Collections
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Burger-Lenehan, Daniel T


The Secret 90+ Year History of College Radio at Haverford

A Dig into the Archives session with Jennifer Waits '89

Tuesday, February 23
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Quaker & Special Collections, Magill Library 

Students at Haverford College were radio pioneers, launching the AM radio station WABQ in 1923. Not only a powerful broadcast station, WABQ also did wireless experiments, including a 1924 trans-Atlantic chess match by amateur radio (the first!), competing against Oxford University. With its powerful transmitter, WABQ broadcast music and lectures to listeners more than 1,500 miles away from campus and received national press for its efforts. A few years later, WABQ was sold and by the 1940s students built campus-only carrier current radio station WHAV (later known as WHRC), which broadcast from the attic of the Union building before moving to the Dining Center basement. The history of these stations would most likely have been lost entirely if it weren't for the Haverford College archives, which is full of ephemera from the college's radio past. Jennifer Waits (HC '89) will share some of the gems that she's found while combing through the hidden past of WHRC, WHAV and WABQ.

Jennifer C. Waits (HC '89, Psychology) is an independent researcher and writer and has been a DJ and volunteer in college radio almost continuously since 1986 (when she started at Haverford College radio station WHRC). She earned a Masters’ degree in Popular Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, where she focused on youth and media culture. Jennifer is one of the founders of the website/podcast Radio Survivor and co-chairs the College, Community and Educational Radio Caucus on the Library of Congress' Radio Preservation Task Force. She's fascinated by college radio's past, present, and future and continues to host a weekly radio show (now at KFJC-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area).

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