Anyone remember Party Line? KWCB radio? Searcy AR

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KWCB calendar Searcy AR radio party line

Anyone remember radio as a big item in Searcy, AR?  

Anyone remember the radio show, "Party Line?"

This delightful calendar from 1957 has shown up for sale on ebay and my friend and Searcy Sleuth Supreme , Don Thompson, did research on the radio station.  Here is what he seems to have found.  He put quite a few question marks in his write-up because he is not sure of the accuracy of what he pulled up.  He moved away from Searcy before all of these things took place so he is hoping that some of you other Searcy Sleuths can tell us more about what went on  in the radio world.  I seem to remember a Party Line but never participated.  Let's hear from you who may remember.

At 5:30 a.m., August 25, 1951 KWCB went on the air for
the first time, operating at 1000 watts and located at 1300 on the AM dial.


Broadcast time was limited by the F.C.C. from sunrise to sunset and covered
a clear range of 75 miles.


KWCB later gave way to KWCK and the area served over a radius of several miles became known as
Kwickland.

In the fall of 1973, an F.M. station was approved by the Federal
Communications Commission. The station moved into the commercial center of
the city in the building vacated by the First Security Bank on the southeast
corner of the square. The call letters of the F.M. station were changed to KSER
in 1975.

Programs like Party Line and The Trading Post attracted hundreds of calls
daily to the station's switchboard.

I just checked my cookbook cabinet and found a KWCK "Party Line Favorites" cookbook!  3rd Edition, 1968.  It has the name of the contributors!  Wonder if it is valuable?  

Thanks, Don, for the blog material.........

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Barbara - I still enjoy radio and I imagine that radio heard in Searcy 1957 offered a glimpse of life far beyond its FCC regulated restrictions. 

Jul 12, 2019 11:36 AM #1
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Jeffery Lawson

If memory serves KWCB was located out on East Race street closer to 67 than downtown Searcy. They did move to the old bank building and I think had both KWCK and KSER letters on the outside. During the 1970s they installed a small weather radar on the roof of the building. Maps were handed out showing distances in 5 mile circles and compass directions. Storms could be described on air as 20 miles and xxx degrees. The radar also had a small flashing red light so if you were downtown and severe weather was at hand you could see the light.

Jul 12, 2019 12:16 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Michael, I'll bet you are right.

Jul 12, 2019 05:04 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Jeffery, thanks for that information.  I am hoping we get more comments on how the whole thing operated.

Jul 12, 2019 05:05 PM #4
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

That's right Jeffery. The first station in 1952 was located on East Race (HWY 67) beyond the businesses. The radio antenna tower was probably 150 ft. high with a small studio building.Wish someone had taken a picture of it. The call letters KWCB were chosen to correspond with the company’s name, White County Broadcasting Company, preceeded by the designation “K” as required by those stations West of the Mississippi River. Wood-Freeman Lumber Company sponsored the noon local news and the Pierce Lumber Company brought the evening sports news. The show that pleased the younger set was the one right after school called “Jump! Jive! and Bebop.”

The FM station call letters were changed to KSER to represent Searcy.

In 1953 I was fond of listening to a radio program called "Hawaii Calls" about 11:30 at night. the show was sent stateside live via short-wave radio. And since short-wave radio was as flaky then as it is now, they used two transmitters so the network engineers could cross fade to whichever signal was better. One transmitter was fed by a microphone on the left side of the stage, while the other was fed by a mic on the right side. The program was produced at the The Banyan Lanai - Moana Hotel - Waikiki Beach.

I worked in W.H. Wyatt's Radio Shop at the time and Hershel gave me a pillow speaker from a hospital radio concession he had so I could listen without disturbing anyone.

I have found recordings of some of those programs so I can still listen to them.

 

 

Jul 12, 2019 05:50 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don Thompson, you are amazing!  You have come up with great information again.  I think you seriously need to spend some time in California writing a book about how life was in Searcy AR!  You remember it all so well.

Jul 13, 2019 05:26 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good afternoon Barbara. Yes indeed I remember party lines. I love your reflective posts .

Jul 14, 2019 12:59 PM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Oh, but Sheila, this was a different kind of party line.  Not telephone sharing but conducted by the radio station for people to call in and visit with others who were listening.  I guess they'd listen on the radio every day and get tips on how to do things.

Jul 14, 2019 01:08 PM #8
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