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WBAA and WFBM radio programs collection

 Collection — Folder: S2456
Identifier: S2456

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two copies of a September 15, 1944 circular letter sent to "Dear Friend" from Jim Miles, program director of Purdue University's radio station, WBAA. Each letter included a copy of the station's Monday through Saturday revised program schedule, with School of the Air programs noted with astericks. The collection also includes a copy of the transcript of a tribute to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that was prepared by Booth Tarkington for the Indiana Committee for Victory and read by United States District Attorney B. Howard Caughran during a Sunday, April 15, 1945 broadcast on Indianapolis radio station WFBM.


  • 1944-1945

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, received a license for its radio station on April 4, 1922. WBAA, "The Voice of Purdue," was Indiana's first radio station. In 1944, the station began to broadcast School of the Air, a series of programs that provided supplementary educational opportunities to elementary school children for a variety of subjects, including history, biology, agriculture, music and foreign language. Due to a decline in student participation, the last School of the Air program was broadcast in 1968.

WFBM radio began broadcasting in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 4, 1924 and its programming was initially local in nature. In 1928, it joined the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), the first station in the city to become network-affiliated. Rahall Communications Corp. purchased the station in 1972 and the call letters were changed to WNDE in 1973.


"WBAA Lights 30th Candle on Birthday Cake: Indiana's First Radio Station was a Pioneer in Many Ways." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), April 5, 1952. Accessed November 29, 2022.

"WBAA Nears 55th Anniversary." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), March 1, 1977. Accessed November 29, 2022.

Shull, Richard K. "Transition Complete in the WFBM Turnover." Indianapolis News (IN), August 28, 1973. Accessed November 29, 2022.

Zeigler, Connie J. "WNDE (1260 AM)." The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J.Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, 1400. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/29 by Laura Eliason.
WBAA and WFBM radio programs collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.