WELCOME

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. 

Here’s a video greeting from Radio Museum Vice President, Wes Page .

 Now, we open the Museum the way Bill Bates opened his show!   Bill was the owner, the builder, and the morning host of KTRB.     For 36 years, the “Beer Barrel Polka” was the way thousands began their day:

Bill Bates
KTRB Studios on Norwegian Ave circa 1960s.