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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

On the Air

Bascom Hill Historic District

 
 
On the Air Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 17, 2010
1. On the Air Marker
Inscription. In 1919, a group of students and professors gathered in the basement of Sterling Hall to transmit some of the earliest educational programming over the airwaves. Their regular broadcasts became the foundation of WHA, one of the oldest radio stations in continuous operation in the United States. A pioneer in using this new medium to teach its listeners, the station aired lectures, lessons and the world's first on-air sing-along, led in 1922 by Edgar "Pop" Gordon. For decades, it brought the university into the households of thousands around the state and nation.
 
Erected by UW Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the University of Wisconsin marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.526′ N, 89° 24.089′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Park Street and State Street Mall, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is near Science Hall at the bottom of Bascom Hill on the University of Wisconsin campus. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 North Park Street, Madison WI 53706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leaders in Science (within shouting distance of this marker);
Sterling Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman
2. Sterling Hall
Science Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Securing the Future (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Character (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Grand Experiment (about 400 feet away); The First Dance (about 400 feet away); State Historical Society (about 500 feet away); North Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The nearby 9XM-WHA marker.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyArts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEducationNotable Events
 
Bascom Hill image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 17, 2010
3. Bascom Hill
The heart of the University of Wisconsin, with Bascom Hall at the top.
View from Bascom Hall image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 17, 2010
4. View from Bascom Hall
The State Capitol as seen from the top of Bascom Hill. State Street links state government and the state university.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 747 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 18, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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