|Radio 1851 Sign on Simpson Hall at St. Joseph's University. Photo: J. Waits|
|Radio 1851 banner. Photo: J. Waits|
As I wrote on Radio Survivor earlier this year,
"Early wireless experiments were conducted by the physics department at St. Joseph’s College and the school received the first experimental radio license, under the call letters 3XJ, issued by the United States Department of Commerce in 1912...
During World War I, the station was briefly designated a 'special receiving station' and helped the government by monitoring the airwaves in search of spy stations. After a few months, it was shut down for the duration of the war (along with other amateur stations) and then resumed activity in 1920."
|St. Joseph's University. Photo: J. Waits|
When I visited the station in April 2014, Radio 1851's Marketing Director Michael Bergamini met up with me to talk about the current state of radio at St. Joseph's. He told me that he didn't know much about the station's history, telling me that Radio 1851 had only been up and running again for about 3 years.
|CD players at Radio 1851. Photo: J. Waits|
|Simpson Hall at St. Joseph's University. Photo: J. Waits|
|Studio at Radio 1851. Photo: J. Waits|
|Board at Radio 1851. Photo: J. Waits|
|Radio 1851. Photo: J. Waits|
|Michael Bergamini in Radio 1851's production studio. Photo: J. Waits|
|The Perch. Photo: J. Waits|
|Julia Burke and Michael Bergamini in Radio 1851 office. Photo: J. Waits|
|Sign at Radio 1851. Photo: J. Waits|