Who Knew? Now artistically abandoned, the Crosley Building once housed the 'Nation's Station'

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is home to many fascinating facts, offbeat oddities, and "I did not know that," moments. With that in mind, WCPO asks "Who Knew?"

Detroit has Motown. Memphis has Stax. The Tri-State has its own claims on music greatness. Not only was Cincinnati the birthplace of legendary record label and studio, King Records, the city was the site of the nation's leading radio station. Its home was in the Crosley Building.

Who Knew? Richard Von Nida, a docent with Cincinnati Heritage Programs.


1. How did Crosley become the most powerful radio station in the country?

The FCC granted Crosley the right as an experiment of 500,000 watts in 1934. This station was given the call sign WLW and was referred to as the "Nation's Station" since its reach was so vast. It carried the widest range of any U.S. radio signal. The limit today is only 50,000 watts.

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