Pictures, Audio & Media Archives
WHIO AM FM & TV WHKO
This is the WHIO Radio control room (best as we can tell) from the late 1940's, perhaps
early 1950's. The radio studios moved to the TV building after its completion. The
control console seen in the forefront sits in what is today the radio engineering
offices. The window to the right is (today) the K-
Dayton Broadcasting Media Page
A live broadcast of WHIO's mid-
Bob Crotinger was part of the original engineering staff that put WHIO-
Here you see the man known as "Wins" hard at work in the days well before word processors and computers.
Another sad day in Dayton broadcasting history happened in 1982, when word came that
You've seen her picture on other pages of this web site, now...just ahead of the
first Dayton Broadcaster's Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in 2003, enjoy this visit
with Hall Of Fame WHIO-
1290 WHIO -
What the WING's, WONE's and later, WTUE's of the world were to young Dayton, WHIO
was to their parents. WHIO was what was known as a "Full Service/Middle-
WHIO continued in this format until the early 90's and the retirement of Lou Emm, the station's morning show host, who had been a fixture of WHIO Radio since the early 1940's. Today, the station offers a full-
Here, though are some audio memories of 1290/WHIO:
The Date: January 6, 1987: Bob Sweeney hosts his afternoon drive program. Here's a portion of what it sounded like.
The Date: January 6, 1987: Keith Wright hosts WHIO's "Music Magazine". Again, here's a portion of the hour.
As we mentioned, WHIO radio was (and still is today) well-
On July 8, 1986, a railroad tanker derailed near suburban Miamisburg, leaking phosphorus gas over the Miami Valley. Residents were evacuated, and WHIO found itself covering a growing local emergency. Here's some of WHIO's coverage of that event. The voices are those of: Larry Hansgen (wrapping up his sports report), news anchor Charles Van Zant, reporter Jim Barrett, afternoon host Bob Sweeney and WHIO Air Scout traffic reporter Mark Bowron.
(Courtesy: Jim Barrett and Cox Radio/Dayton)
For decades, WHIO-
It was a decision that would have made today's bottom-
So, how did a company sell a station as unique as WHIO-
About the only thing you can count on in broadcasting is... change.
By the late 1980's, the WHIO-
Ever since, K-
This photo, reportedly from 1955 shows the activity going on in the main WHIO-
Certainly, 1955 was a different day and this photo shows the several program "sets" needed to produce the local TV programming that was in far greater supply then, than local stations offer today.
Some WHIO Artifacts
Every radio station keeps what is known as a "program log". On it, you find the hour by hour schedule of programs, news and commercial matter aired by the station on that day and in that hour. These logs are normally signed by the "operators on duty" (the DJ's or the board operators.)
Not long ago, we found these single pages of the program logs of WHIO-