UK Radio Department Is 31 Years Old Today
By REX BAILEY
Wednesday Aviociale Editor
Broadcasting from the old Art Center on Euclid
Avenue, the first radio program originating from UK
was aired 31 years ago today.
On April 1, 1929. using the facilities of WHAS In
Louisville, the University became then one of the few
American educational institutions operating a radio
UsLig lines leased Ixturen Louisville and Lexington
and only a minimum of equipment, VI!KV has (frown
from tills liumMe beginning to one of the top college
station in the country.
Cocperative arr.in:?' mr nts with modifications between WHAS and WBKY have continued from that Initial broadcast to the pre int.
In lf)2f, using; the I K extension, WHAS broadcast
I K o'lege of Agriculture programs to farmers and
housewives throughout Kentucky. Today WIIAS airs
the UK Koundtable on Friday nights.
In the early '30 s interest in the UK outlet grew and
became recognized as a worthwhile and Important addition to the University. Improvements were made to
bring the station up to date and more In line with good
In 1937 all the original equipment was replaced with
modern apparatus, completely under University ownership.
By 1939 five other Kentucky radio stations were Included lh the University broadcasting plans carry many
of WBKY"8 programs. They picked them up on the air
directly from WHAS.
In 19.19-4- 0
the studios were moved to MrVey Hall
.to occupy the quarters formerly used by the University
Not until 1944 did WBKY exist as It is today.
This date could actually be used to mark the birth of
the .station .since It then became an educational station
operating on the FM frequency.
After becoming a noncommercial educational FM station. WBKY found it necessary to make some changes.
A new transmitter as well as a new antenna system
Because of a lack of funds, a University graduate
student, James Illsle, constructed a new transmitter,
charging only for the cost of parts.
In 1946 WBKY completed its new antenna system
and went on the air with an effective radiated power
of 2,300 watts.
Also in 1946 the Department of Radio Arts was
established and within two years a full major in the
subject was offered.
A series of transcribed presentations to be sent to
smaller stations of the state were developed in 1949 by
the UK Radio Service. WBKY continued programming
the Roundtable for WIIAS which was attracting widespread attention.
Before World War II the Roundtable was produced
live from UK, but since then the station has taped the
discussion for WHAS.
Leonard Tress, head of the Radio Arts Department,
said the Roundtable has attempted to explain topical
and controversial subjects by pitting men of different
opinions against one another.
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University of Kentuc h y
HI I DAY, APRIL I, I9M
Convenes Here Today
Discussion of various prob- Betty Pace. Alpha Xi Delta. "Mem- r.
bership Selection"; Jane
lems of sororities will he the
Kappa Alpha Theta.
main business topic of the "Pledge Guidance"; Anne
Southeastern l'anhellcnic Conference which will he held here
today and Saturday.
from 16 Southeastern
colleges and universities will be
from 5 p.m. and 9 pm. today
In the Fine Arts Building.
Mrs. George L. King, national
Panhrllenie conference area advisor, will give the main speech at
the opening session at 8 p.m. to-
reception will be held afterwards in the Music Lounge of the
Fine Arts Building.
Saturday morning activities, be
ginning at 8:30 a.m., will include
a general meeting and group meet- ingts to discuss various facets of
sorority organization. Each group
will be led by a UK sorority member and a member of another UK
sorority will participate.
The speakers and their topics are
'Scholarship"; and Alice Broad-ben- t,
Chi Omega, '"Panhellenic
Delegates will be invited to attend coffees at 10 a.m. at the Kappa Delta and Delta Delta Delta
houses following the first sessions.
After a second group of discussion meetings, the representatives
will eat lunch at the various soro-it- y
houses on campus.
At the afternoon sessions beginning at 1:30 p.m., guests will be introduced and reports from the
group discussions will be given. A
bus tour of nearby horse farms is
also planned for Saturday after- noon.
UK President Frank G. Dickey
will be the main speaker at the
banquet Saturday night. His topic
will be "A Lamp in the Darkness."
The banquet is open to all UK
The UK Panhellenic Council has
arranged blind dates for the representatives for Saturday night. They
will attend the University of Illinois Glee Club concert and the
jam session honoring the Glee Club
which will be held afterwards in
the SUB Ballroom.
Willie Jordan, cochairman of the
conference, said, "The boys on
campus have been very cooperative
about having dates with these girls.
We'll probably have a surplus of
dates for them."
UK committees, under the direc- Continued On Page 2
In combing the corners of the campus for the
to be Kernel Sweethearts, the photographer
beauty. Before he could learn her name or
turned and retreated into the sylvan confines
lovliest of women
found this exotic
of the Botannical
Singing Illini Will Perform
In UK Coliseum Tomorrow
The University of Illinois Men's will be honored at a jam session
Glee Club, directed by Harold A. 'atun t.heTT"0UseTJ
Decker, will perform tomorrow at lowing tne concert
o:l ) p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.
Founded in 1887. the "Singing
The choral group is appearing as Illini" is one of the oldest Unia part of the Central Kentucky versity of Illinois student organiConcert and Lecture Series and zations.
memberOf the entire
ship, only 15 men sje currently en70-voi- ce
certs at the University of Freiburg, Germany; the Amerika Haas
In Munich, Germany; and the
American Cathedral in Paris,
Last month the glee' club appeared at the Illinois Lincoln
The glee club annually tours Illinois and the Midwest, presenting
concerts at conventions and before
community, civic, service, and
rolled as music majors.
In 1955, the club made an Eastern tour to New York and appear- .
ed on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Two years ago the "Singing
Illini" were invited by the State
Veterans should sign for their
Department to represent the U.S. checks today, tomorrow, and
in a choral festival at the Brussels Monday. Any veteran who signs
World's Fair and at the Internaafter these dates will receive his
tional Festival of Youth Choruses check late, according to the Vetheld in Charleroi, Belgium.
They have also presented con
Man Lost Five Days
Is Found Inside Shark
By GF.OKGE SMITH
This is the first day of April, a day for tricksters, jokers,
and perpetrators of sea stories tales such as the one from the
East Indies of a man who lived five days in the helly of a shark.
This tale is authentic and is jueun and his companion. Their
drawn from the chronicles of the fellow villagers thought them to
Times of Indonesia. September 19,
1958. A copy of this paper is in the
office of Dr. It. W. Barbour of
the Zoology Department in the
basement of the Funkhouser Building.
The article tells of a modern day
Jonah, a fisherman named
from the island of Atjeh,
who set out in his dinghy with a
companion, to try hU luck among
the salty waves of the Indian
Night brought with it a storm
and the disappearance of Ba- Ba-Jue-
SU Hoard Canditlatvs
Five members of next year's Student Union
Boird Hill be elected today from the 1) stu- dents above. They are, front row, from left,
Linda Coffman, Larry WrsUrfield. Krh Kam- -
try, Carolina Hernandez, and Sandra Tatter- shall. Second row, Pat Jar vis, Barbara John- son. Steve Clark, Sharon Chenault, and Dave
Five days later, the huge carcass
of an unidentifiable shark was
found washed up on the beach.
Inside in a state of sheer exhaustion, but alive, was the fbhermau
The news story, a republication
of a story in the PerUtiwa, the
local daily in Kotaradia, capital of
Atjeh, gave the following account.
"They (the villagers' were thunderstruck when ujhui opening the
stomach of the shark, they found
Bajueun still alive."