UNIVERSITY USES OLD MAIN TOWER AS STUDIO
MAIN TOWER SERVES AS HOME FOR EASTERN'S FIRST
J.R. Livesay, President Buzzard, Dr. Ross and Dr.
the radio programs started. The broadcasts
were made from the tower of the Main
building. Problems arose in the tower, because
immediately under the studio was the Eastern
music department. The acoustics were terrible.
It would be a couple of
before the radio studio would be
sound-proofed. After two years of broadcasting
(since 1946) the studio in Old Main would have
equipment matching that of a commercial studio
of the day. A tape recorder made it possible to
out-of-studio events such as speeches or music
events. Many events were recorded on the
then-common discs. The College station was
already attending campus events and department
activities (whatever was news or interesting for
its listeners). The station
performers to listen to themselves in order to
self-critique and improve their skills.
Until several years later, the Eastern radio
station would use
WLBH for its
EASTERN STUDIO ACQUIRES MODERN
The Old Main studio had FM reception equipment
making plans for television reception was in
the planning state. Leaders of the
College station were already thinking about its
future "Hopes for the future envisage a College
transmitting station and a full-day program. As
one of the students working with the program
said: 'Lets Go to College' program is only the
lusty wailing of a robust and rapidly growing
infant that Someday will be the best radio
station on a mid-western campus."
1947-1949 WITNESSED GROWTH IN EIU RADIO
BROADCASTS & COURSES
By 1947 several courses were added to the speech
"Radio Speaking" was a required course
for all speech majors, By June 1, 1949, 14,370
minutes of radio time were donated to the
college by WLBH. The "Lets Go to College" had
developed a definite pattern. Here's a sample of
Monday: Music Appreciation; Tuesday: Social
Science Forum; Wednesday: The Children's Hour;
Thursday: The Radio Workshop; Friday:
ENTERS A NEW AGE OF RADIO
BROADCASTING WITH THE STARTING OF
Until 1950, Eastern's limited radio program operated from
the tower of Old Main, from which it broadcast
through station WLBH in Mattoon. Radio
broadcasting was conducted through the Eastern
Various programs including dramatic
production short story reading, and presentation
news were included. In 1955 Alpha Epsilon
national television and radio fraternity was
organized on the Eastern campus. This would be the
radio broadcasting for EIU through 1963.
WELH APPROVED BY PRESIDENT QUINCY DOUDNA
FOR'63-'64 SCHOOL YEAR
The first studio for WELH was located in the Booth
Library Lecture Room. The station had a
thirty-three member staff.
Its first manager was Larry
Stigelbauer. Interestingly enough, the station was
through a student survey to be only beat
by the then very popular Chicago's WLS. Nearly
2,000 students could listen to WELH. The station
could only be
1968 BRINGS NEW QUARTERS FOR WELH
new Coleman Hall was
chosen for the headquarters of WELH. Still the
station was a
"carrier current" station (the signal ran
university phone lines.
LIBERTY CABLE IN CHARLESTON PROVIDES WELH
BROADCASTS IN TOWN
Also in 1972, WELH became financially self-sufficient.
The station ran commercials for local commercial
businesses of Charleston. The University
Union was wired so it could receive its signal.
only operated for a few hours a day.
PROFESSOR CLAYLAND WATTE, FACULTY RADIO ADVISOR
IN 1973 MAKES
WELH is a fully functioning radio station. It is a carrier current
station which broadcasts specifically for
student listeners. It is also used as a
laboratory for students interested in
broadcasting. The station is
student manage, programmed, and controlled with
the professional advisement of a . . .
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