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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Nashville's First Radio Station

 
 
Nashville's First Radio Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Hoch, February 6, 2012
1. Nashville's First Radio Station Marker
Inscription.  June 1922, Boy Scout John H. DeWitt, Jr., started Nashville's first radio station (WDAA) on the Ward-Belmont Campus. Assisted by music teacher G. S. deLuca, he broadcast Enrico Caruso records to the opening of the River and Rail Terminal on the river at Broad Street. DeWitt was WSM radio station's chief engineer, 1932-1942, and president 1947-1968.
Donated by Gaylord Entertainment Company

 
Erected 1997 by The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. (Marker Number 101.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee, The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County series list.
 
Location. 36° 8.151′ N, 86° 47.696′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Wedgewood Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. Located on the northwest corner of the Belmont
Nashville's First Radio Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Hoch, February 17, 2012
2. Nashville's First Radio Station Marker
View of marker from Wedgewood Avenue
University campus, directly in front of several buildings atop a hill, facing Wedgewood Ave. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belmont Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Ward-Belmont College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Betty Chiles Nixon (approx. ¼ mile away); Edmondson Home Site (approx. ¼ mile away); William Edmondson Studio and Home Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Schofield's Jump-Off Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bradley Recording Studio Hillsboro Village (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nashville's Music Row (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2012, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas. This page has been viewed 616 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on February 6, 2012, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas.   2. submitted on February 17, 2012, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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