Welcome to the Modesto Radio Museum!  

Modesto, California is home to a number of radio stations, the first started in 1933!   We offer stories and photos, news clippings and audio recordings.  More than a history of buildings and transmitters, we hope to share what it was like to be “on the air” reaching audiences through music, news and local entertainment.

In most sections, you can leave comments.   Maybe you heard something on the radio; maybe you were the one who said something on the radio!  We’d like you to share. 

Spend some time inside; that’s what museums are all about. 

Greetings video from Radio Museum Vice President, Wes Page:

Bill Bates was the owner, and the morning host on KTRB.   Bill chose “Beer Barrel Polka” as his opening theme song.   The Radio Museum also opens with his song.   For 36 years, this is the way thousands began their day:

Bill Bates
KTRB owner Bill Bates in 1960's
KTRB Studios on Norwegian Ave. in Modesto, CA

Next, this recording features  Bill’s theme song, “Beer Barrel Polka” followed by Bill himself  during his OId Time Tunes program in 1967: