The first regular analog television news broadcast came from W2XB in
Schenectady, New York. The General
Electric (GE) TV station began broadcasting farm and weather reports on May 10,
1928. Kolin Hager was the first U.S. newscaster.
W2XB, later known as WGY Television, was the second commercial
station in New York. The beginning of TV
broadcasting was announced by Ernst Alexanderson on January 13, 1928. Pictures were projected to 1.5 square-inch
screens in the homes of Alexanderson and two GE board members. TV owners within a 15-20 mile radius, had
there been any, would also have picked up the reception.
Hager, the broadcaster of the first regular programming, was
considered the father of radio drama. His
newscast was part of programming scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In August 1928, Governor Alfred E. Smith was broadcast as he
accepted the Democratic nomination for President. He was the first man
broadcast in this manner but the station's viewership was limited to four area TVs
at the time - one of which belonged to Alexanderson.
Re: May 10, 1928: First Analog TV Programming from WGY in Schenectady, NY
05/11/2012 8:43 AM
Thanks Savvy for this story! I grew up near Schenectady NY and have listened to WGY (AM radio freq. 810) all my life. Heck, when I'm traveling by car anywhere in the Northeast I can pickup the radio station almost anytime, especially at night, because of it's fairly large broadcast strength.
It appears that there is an error in this story. WGY is a radio station and always has been. It's sibling is WRGB (Channel 6) is the TV station. Both were once owned and operated by GE for many years until sold off. Both were pioneers in their hayday. I've never before have heard of WGY broadcasting television, unless it was an experiment ran well before my birth in '58. Maybe I'm wrong on this??????
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