Monday, October 1, 2007

WLW Radio 1938 Mobile News Units

WLW was big on mobile news coverage coverage in the 1930s. The station equipped large automobiles with transmitters, and reporters went out to cover breaking news in the region. Two units are shown here--one a newsman interviewing champion Indy driver Louis Meyers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway early in 1938, the other supporting an interview with Eastern Kentucky coal miners. Lettered on the side are "WLW-WSAI, Cincinnati, Mobile Unit No. x." This appears to be a Buick Series 40 trunkback sedan.

This was not new in the 1930s. I have a photo of an early 1920s mobile rig that I'll post at another time. I also have some fascinating images of the outside and inside of WLW-TV's first mobile unit, a 1948 bus.

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