San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Site of World’s First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station
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
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,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Notable Events • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1864.
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. Marker is located in the vestibule at the entrance to the 50 West / KQED building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 W San Fernando St, San Jose CA 95113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Centennial Commemoration of the World's First Broadcasting Station (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Letitia Building (about 400 feet away); St. Joseph’s Cathedral (about 400 feet away); The Freedom Tree (about 500 feet away); First State Capitol BuildingFirst State Capitol (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Also see . . . The History of KQW and KCBS. Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame entry. (Submitted on September 17, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,817 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 3. submitted on May 2, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.