|Meet the Author: Frank Absher, "St. Louis Radio and Television"|
Event Type: Author / Book Events|
Age Group(s): Adult
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Frank Absher discusses his latest book, "St. Louis Radio and Television (Images of America)." Mr. Absher is a former St. Louis broadcaster for KMOX. In 2011, he founded the St. Louis Media History Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering and preserving St. Louis media history. The photographs in this book are the result of the foundation's efforts. The author will sell and sign copies of his new book after the discussion. Cash or check only, please.Library: Spencer Road Branch Map
Book description: St. Louis sits near the center of the United States in an area sometimes termed flyover territory by those who live on the coasts. Although this city in the middle of the country is not generally known as the birthplace of broadcasting, it is in fact where Nikola Tesla demonstrated the first true broadcast in March 1893. Later, in 1920, two St. Louis men began a radio broadcast announcing the results of the Harding-Cox presidential election on the same night as KDKA in Pittsburgh, but the Pennsylvania event received all of the national recognition. Wireless broadcasts (in Morse code) of weather information were emanating from the campus of St. Louis University in 1912; that station, 9YK, became WEW in 1922. Television was introduced to St. Louisans in 1947, although at least one forward-thinking local broadcaster was experimenting with the medium as early as 1928.
Location: SP Multipurpose Room 112