Wichita’s first radio stations began broadcasting in 1922; four years before the automobile overtook the horse as the most popular means of transportation. That year station WAAP began broadcasting from a field in College Hill. No one could foresee what the new medium would become, much less foretell the incredible path WAAP would take over the next 80 years. The station’s history would come to include the distinctions of being the most popular radio station in the country during the years of 1929 and 1930 – defining the role and power of the medium, as well as establishing programming featuring music of common people. Ownership of the station included Dr. John R. Brinkley, the notorious “Goat Gland Doctor”, as well as movie star Mary Pickford.
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 11am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Children under 6 and Museum members are admitted free of charge.