NAEB Newsletter (Mar 1932)

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-7* convinced of the value of these programs and it is feeing planned to extend them when located in the new building. "We are in favor of the efforts feeing made of preventing the commercial stations * squeezing the educational stations out of the broadcast band. A special educational band assignment is, I believe, very desirable.” From Mr. H. H. Gislason, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, we have received the fallowing summary as to information supplied members of Congress and others: "In answer to your circular letter, we are giving you information below, as requested. ”1. Power, 500 watts. Frequency, 1080 kc. Wave length, 278 meters. (Prior to June 1927.) 2. Po^’er, 500 watts. Frequency, 1220 kc. Wave length, 245.3 meters. (June 1927.) 3. Power, 1000 watts. Frequency, 1250 kc. Wave length, 239.9 meters. (1929) We have had this frequency since. 4. Our University station, WLB, shares time with three other stations: WCAL, Carleton Collage, Northfield; EFMX, St. Olaf College, Northfield; WRHM, commercial station, Minneapolis. These four stations have a full regional channel both day light and evening time. On an average the commercial station has used better than 100 hours a week and the three educational stations have used approximately 20 hours a week. Our own station is broadcasting about 7 hours a week. 5. We have had more or less difficulty all the time in dividing time with a commercial station. About two years ago we requested the privilege of broad¬ casting our own bootball games Saturday afternoons. Commercial station denied the request and we wired Commission at Washington. Commission ruled in our favor. This is about the only clash that has come before the Commission. 6. About a year ago WRHM signed an application with the Federal Radio Commission requesting the time now used by the two Northfield stations but not requesting time used by the University station. Later this application was amended by WRHM to include the time of all the educational stations so that WRHM should have a free channel. The three educational stations have filed an answer to this in the form of an application for modification of license requesting all the time now used by WRHM so that the three educational stations will have the complete channel. This has not been set for a hearing so far, but we are expecting the hearing to be set at any time. "The radio situation here at Minnesota, we understand, is the subject of consider¬ able talk in radio circles in Washington. Many believe that we would have an interesting test case and we are going to see what the Commission does to us. "I think this gives you the information you desire." From Mr. Joe F. Wright, Director of Station Y/ILL, University of Illinois, we quote this summary of information supplied members of Congress and others: "1. Value of land, buildings, and equipment as at June 30, 1931 (end of fiscal year).$27,328,871.57 (Entire Uni versity). 2. Value of Radio Station and equipment: Building and Furniture . . $14,106.63, Technical equipment . . $38,939.65, Total . . $53,046.27. 3. Radio licenses, frequencies, and power: a. Under call letters of WRM, obtained first license in March, 1922. b. Used 833 K.C. (260 meters) until 1925. c. Were then assigned to 1100 k.c. d. Nov. 11 (on or before) assigned to 620 to share time with Y r CFL and Y'JJD.