Recording the History of St. Louis Radio and Television

Former broadcaster Frank Absher pens new local book using vintage photographs.
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Oct. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is St. Louis Radio and Television from local author Frank Absher. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

St. Louis sits near the center of the United States in an area sometimes termed “flyover” territory by those who live on the coasts. Although this city in the middle of the country is not generally known as the birthplace of broadcasting, it is in fact where Nikola Tesla demonstrated the first true “broadcast” in March 1893. Later, in 1920, two St. Louis men began a radio broadcast announcing the results of the Harding-Cox presidential election on the same night as KDKA in Pittsburgh, but the Pennsylvania event received all of the national recognition.

Wireless broadcasts (in Morse code) of weather information were emanating from the campus of St. Louis University in 1912; that station, 9YK, became WEW in 1922. Television was introduced to St. Louisans in 1947, although at least one forward-thinking local broadcaster was experimenting with the medium as early as 1928.

Join the Author for a Book Signing!

When: Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Charles City-County Library
Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376

When: Saturday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: St. Louis Public Library
Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109

Author Frank Absher is a former St. Louis broadcaster who set out to preserve St. Louis media history in 1987. In 2011, he founded the St. Louis Media History Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to gathering and preserving St. Louis media history. The photographs in this book are the result of the foundation’s efforts.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or

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