The first broadcast on WFAA radio crackled across Texas airwaves on June 26, 1922. Originating from a crude, 9 x 9 foot shed erected atop The Dallas Morning News building at the corner of Commerce and Lamar streets, ‘the South’s First Super Power Station’ signed-on.
By 1924, radio set ownership in America had soared to 3 million from just 5000 at the beginning of the decade, and Texas consumers were buying them in droves. WFAA-AM had the distinction of being one of the first radio stations in the country to be owned and operated by a newspaper. The station’s original on-air personalities and news reporters were made up of columnists and editors from the newspaper. For Texans, WFAA became the model for the hundreds of radio and television stations that would soon follow.