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 Post subject: Victor Radio Dial List
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:00 pm 
I thought this might be of interest to those into vintage radio. Here is a scan of the booklet produced by Victor in 1929 which lists all radio stations then braodcasting in the USA, Canada, Central and South America. It gives that station ID letters, the broadcast frequency and the power output of the transmitter. Interesting to see that there were so many stations even way back in 1929!

Have a look and see if your local station was around in 1929! To be able to read the scans clearly you will need to click on each one.

RJ 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Radio Dial List
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:12 pm 
Here is part 2 of the scans...

RJ 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Radio Dial List
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:21 pm 
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That's really cool! I'm very impressed! I promptly located WBRC, a radio station located not far from where I live! A lot of the radios in this area have the call signs on the push buttons and dials. Thanks for taking the time to scan that!


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Radio Dial List
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:44 pm 
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RJ,

Thanks for sharing these—it’s amazing how much radio has grown since then. :D

I wonder how many of the songs from the listed programs are online...of those, John and I recorded “Toccata & Fugue (in D minor)” from Program 1:

(Double-click the video above or click this link to watch the video on YouTube in high quality.)



...and I had thought that the “Slavonic Dance № 1 (In G Minor)” (from before we started using a tripod or figured out proper lighting for YouTube) might be the one listed, but it’s a different catalogue number.

If the recordings are out there on YouTube (and I’ll look more later), I think it would be interesting to recreate the sets listed in the programs above.

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 Post subject: Re: Victor Radio Dial List
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:07 pm 
Yes, it would be interesting to see if the suggested programms in the booklet could be recreated. BTW David do you have any suggestions on how to make viewing the scans I made more easily? They cant really be read unless you click on them first, and as there are so many this make it a bit difficult. I'm open to suggestions :D

RJ 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Radio Dial List
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:17 pm 
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RJ,

I am leaning towards running them through OCR software and then making a table out of them—they’re good clean scans, so they shouldn’t take as much effort as the manual that I cleaned up.

I’ll see what I can do with that later tonight; hopefully it shouldn’t take me that long to do, and it makes it a lot easier for people to search for their radio stations either by city or by call letters...

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 Post subject: Re: Victor Radio Dial List
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:32 pm 
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Very Cool. It looks like it was the forerunner of Whites Radio Log. Does anyone know if they still publish Whites?
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