ArchiveUM
University LibrariesDigital CollectionsHomeCatalogResearch PortAsk us!Archives UM HomeSpecial CollectionsSearchAbout Archives UMHelpHow Do I...?Site Index A-ZSearch

WGAZ/WSBT Station Records

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/21273

Abstract

Title:
WGAZ/WSBT Station Records
Author/Creator:
WGAZ/WSBT
Collection number:
LAB 99-19
Size:
0.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1922-1955
Inclusive dates:
1922-1973
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The WGAZ/WSBT Station Records contain information pertaining to the origins and early operations of radio station WGAZ/WSBT in South Bend, Indiana. WGAZ was Indiana's first commercial radio station, owned by the South Bend Tribune newspaper. WGAZ broadcast its first commercial radio program on July 3, 1922. The station was started and managed by Tribune staff member, Eugene Leuchtman. In 1925, the station's call letters were changed to WSBT. WSBT-TV began in 1952, becoming America's first commercially-built UHF station. The collection dates from 1922 to 1973 with the bulk of the material dating from 1922 to 1955. Contents include station logbooks covering the mid to late 1920s containing program and performance notes as well as technical records; historical commentary concerning the station, including several handwritten notes as well as a printed promotional brochure with important dates in the station's history; publicity material, consisting mostly of newspaper clippings from the South Bend Tribune; a few items of station related correspondence and a couple of miscellaneous items including a 1972-1973 calendar of WSBT history.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

WGAZ/WSBT Station Records, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publicatioght status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

The WGAZ/WSBT Station Records contains information pertaining to the origins and early operations of radio station WGAZ/WSBT in South Bend, Indiana. WGAZ was Indiana's first commercial radio station, owned by the South Bend Tribune newspaper. WGAZ broadcast its first commercial radio program on July 3, 1922. The station was started and managed by Tribune staff member, Eugene Leuchtman. In 1925, the station's call letters were changed to WSBT. WSBT-TV began in 1952, becoming America's first commercially-built UHF station.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection dates from 1922 to 1973 with the bulk of the material dating from 1922 to 1955. Contents include station logbooks covering the mid to late 1920s containing program and performance notes as well as technical records; historical commentary concerning the station, including several handwritten notes as well as a printed promotional brochure with important dates in the station's history; publicity material, consisting mostly of newspaper clippings from the South Bend Tribune; a few items of station related correspondence and a couple of miscellaneous items including 1972-1973 calendar of WSBT history.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Mr. Justin Meacham, promotion manager for WSBT, donated the Collection to the Broadcast Pioneers Library in August 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by John Wood, May 1997

Processing note:

Materials were placed into acid-free folders and put into acid-free boxes.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Ashley Behringer, June 2013.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged in one series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: WGAZ/WSBT Station Records, 1922-1973 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains the logbooks of WSBT written mostly by Paul R. Mangus. It also contains some WSBT publicity and correspondence.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Logbook, October 26, 1925-December 1925 series 1box 1folder 1
Logbook, January 17, 1927-October 14, 1927 series 1box 1folder 2
Logbook, December 28, 1927-May 27, 1928 series 1box 1folder 3
Logbook, May 29, 1928-January 4, 1929 series 1box 1folder 4
Logbook, January 18, 1929-July 15, 1929 series 1box 1folder 5
History, 1930s, 1955, undated series 1box 1folder 6
Publicity, 1922-1955, undated series 1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1923-1941 series 1box 1folder 8
Miscellaneous, 1972-1973, undated series 1box 1folder 9

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.