The First Radio Concert Was Broadcast From an Amarillo Radio Station
It may seem hard to believe, but a town that once was said to have a population of 500 humans and 50,000 head of cattle would eventually come to make radio broadcast history. In fact, a well kept secret is that radio broadcasting has deep roots in the Texas panhandle.
Looking back through a quick snapshot of the history of Amarillo, there was a period of time that I suppose one could call a "boom." Natural gas was discovered. Oil was discovered. West Texas A&M had been founded.
During this stretch is when we became the "center of the helium industry." That happened the same year that the airport opened up. It was Amarillo International Airport.
All of this happened within a relatively short period of time. In the middle of it all was Amarillo's first radio station.
Amarillo's First Radio Station
Amarillo was the proud home of one of the first 80 licensed radio stations in the entire U.S. WDAG. This early station would, according to this timeline of Amarillo history, air the first radio concert in 1922. The first public radio broadcast happened just 12 years prior in New York City.
At one point, concert broadcasts seemed like the "thing to do." I remember growing up and listening to concerts of all kinds being broadcast on the radio. From Christmas specials to "Battle of the Bands," I've heard a lot of live concerts over the years in all of the places I've lived.
That too now seems like something that is relegated to history.