Saturday, September 11, 2010

45 Caliber Studio

The United States federal government began licencing radio stations in late 1912, and from the beginning it has assigned call letters starting with K and W to commercial and broadcasting stations. Stations located east of the Mississippi which were assigned calls from the KD-- ship block, instead of W--, during a June 1920 to April 1921 anomaly. (For some reason, during this anomaly almost all new land stations, east and west, got KU-- or KD-- four-letter calls.

45 Caliber, or known at the time as KDCB (CB for country/blues) began broadcasts in their Batesville, Mississippi studio. This was advantageous because they were centrally located between Clarksdale and Tupelo, and on the northern road route 55 that took musicians to Chicago. They had state of the art broadcast equipment and aired country and blues. They brought in traveling Blues men like Scatman Crothers, Robert Johnson, and Pigmeat Markham to name a few. But they also would have full bands playing jazz.

So this was a start of bigger things to come, and they grew in knowledge and learned from their mistakes. Most of all, they got more sponsors to pay the bills and get to know the community.

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