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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station

 
 
Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station Marker (First Marker) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
1. Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station Marker (First Marker)
Inscription.
First Marker:
Site of World’s First
Broadcasting Station
On this corner stood the Garden City Bank Building, where Charles D. Herrold established Station FN, the first radio broadcasting station in the world. As a pioneer in wireless telephony (radio), Herrold established the first station in 1909 to transmit radio programs of music and news to a listening audience on a regular basis.
California Registered Historical Landmark No.952

Second Marker:
World’s First Broadcasting Station
FN – 1909 • KQW – 1921 • KCBS – 1949
On this site in 1909, Charles D. Herrold founded a voice radio station which opened the door to electronic mass communication. He conceived the idea of “Broadcasting” to the public. And his station, the world’s first, has now served Northern California for half a century.

Plaque dedicated on April 3, 1959, the Golden Anniversary of radio broadcasting, by San Jose State College Undergraduate Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi in cooperation with KCBS and American Trust Company.
 
Erected 1992 by Marker 1: State Department of Parks and Recreation, California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850,
World’s First Broadcasting Station Marker (Second Marker) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
2. World’s First Broadcasting Station Marker (Second Marker)
E. Clampus Vitus. Marker 2: Sigma Delta Chi, KCBS and American Trust Company. (Marker Number 952.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 20.043′ N, 121° 53.367′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from West San Fernando Street west of South 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the vestibule at the entrance to the Knight-Ridder Building. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Herrold Radio Broadcasting Station (a few steps from this marker); United States Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Joseph’s Cathedral (about 400 feet away); The Freedom Tree (about 500 feet away); First State Capitol Building (about 500 feet away); First State Capital (about 500 feet away); Knox-Goodrich Building (about 500 feet away); Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Also see . . .  "The Story of KQW". Two audio presentations: From 1945 The Story of KQW featuring a young Jack Webb of Dragnet fame. And from 1959 The Story of Broadcasting (Submitted on May 2, 2010.) 
 
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Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
3. Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station Markers
Markers are mounted on the wall in the vestibule of the entrance to the Knight-Ridder Building
The Knight - Ridder Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
4. The Knight - Ridder Building
Location of the markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,550 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 2, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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