Thursday, April 23, 2015

WRVA Richmond Virginia - 1926

 WRVA commenced broadcasting on the 2nd November 1925.

The station was owned by Larus and Brother Company (manufacturers of Edgeworth tobacco) and initially broadcast two evenings a week.

In 1925 WRVA transmitted from the top of the Larus and Brother Company building situated in Richmond (photograph circa 1925 from the WRVA 25th anniversary brochure).

Click here for another photograph (circa 1925) of the Larus and Brother building, including an mp3 audio clip of the beginning of the WRVA 25th anniversary programme, available at the website.

The WRVA transmitting room in 1925 (photograph from the WRVA 25th anniversary brochure).

By January 1926 WRVA broadcast three nights a week - the QSL letter was processed a few months later on the 29th March 1926. WRVA operated on 256 metres  (1170 khz) with a power of 1000 watts at the time.

The station changed frequency to 1110 khz and increased power to 5000 watts in 1929. 

In 1939 WRVA increased power to 50 kilowatts and moved to the present frequency of 1140 khz.

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