Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World's First Broadcasting Station

Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World's First Broadcasting Station (HMK96)

Location: San Jose, CA 95113 Santa Clara County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 20.043', W 121° 53.367'

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First Marker:
Site of World's First
Broadcasting Station
On this corner stood the Garden City Bank Building, where Charles D. Herrold established Station FN, the first radio broadcasting station in the world. As a pioneer in wireless telephony (radio), Herrold established the first station in 1909 to transmit radio programs of music and news to a listening audience on a regular basis.
California Registered Historical Landmark No.952

Second Marker:
World's First Broadcasting Station
FN - 1909 · KQW - 1921 · KCBS - 1949
On this site in 1909, Charles D. Herrold founded a voice radio station which opened the door to electronic mass communication. He conceived the idea of "Broadcasting" to the public. And his station, the world's first, has now served Northern California for half a century.

Plaque dedicated on April 3, 1959, the Golden Anniversary of radio broadcasting, by San Jose State College Undergraduate Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi in cooperation with KCBS and American Trust Company.
HM NumberHMK96
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Marker Number952
Year Placed1992
Placed ByMarker 1: State Department of Parks and Recreation, California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850, E. Clampus Vitus. Marker 2: Sigma Delta Chi, KCBS and American Trust Company
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 12:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 598380 N 4132508
Decimal Degrees37.33405000, -121.88945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.043', W 121° 53.367'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 2.58" N, 121° 53' 22.02" W
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Area Code(s)408, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 50 W San Fernando St, San Jose CA 95113, US
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