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Early Television Stations

W2XB/WGY/WRGB Schenectady

W2XB was General Electric's television station in Schenectady, New York. In charge of GE's television program was Dr. Ernst Alexanderson, who first demonstrated his television system in late 1927. In January of 1928, GE began broadcasting as 2XB, on 790 kHz using a 24 line mechanical standard. Soon afterward the station switched to 48 lines. The country's first television drama, The Queen's Messenger, was broadcast by W2XB in September of 1928. In 1939 W2XB began broadcasting electronic television. One of the first television networks interconnected W2XBS, the NBC station in New York City,with W2XB. Except for a short period in 1941, the station continued a regular schedule of television programming. After the war, W2XB became .

 

 

Mechanical Broadcasting

The First Television Show Television Comes to the Home - Radio News, April 1928
The Queen's Messenger Television Makes the Radio Drama Possible - Radio News, December 1928
Radio Photographs and Television - Radio News January 1927  

 

 

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Dr. Alexanderson in front of the receiver

 

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Ernst Alexanderson (r) and D. McFarland Moore, with the neon tube developed by Moore 

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The rear of the receiver

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The camera

Scientific American, March 1928

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Washington Post, May 17, 1928

Courtesy of John Pinckney

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Radio World, Oct. 11 1930

 

 

Electronic Broadcasting

A Model Studio Built for Television WRGB New York to Schenectady Relay
Rotary Makes Television History 1944 Brochure
Television at the Mt. Whiteface Weather Station - 1940  

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Radio & Television, Aug. 1939

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Electronics, March 1940

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Radio & Television, July 1940

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Popular Science, December 1940

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Test pattern, August 1939

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Radio & Television, February 1940

Courtesy of Chuck Azzalina

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WRGB studios and transmitter, 1940

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Broadcasting, January 15 1939

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Broadcasting, March 15 1939

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Broadcasting, February 1 1939

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An artist's rendition of the station, from a 1939 calendar published by GE

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The studio and control room, 1941

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Studio lights, 1941

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1943 article

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1944 programming

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National Radio News, February-March 1944

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WRGB control room - 1945

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1946 postcard