Welcome to the Modesto Radio Museum. Modesto’s first radio station was KTRB, and its first day on the air was June 18, 1933. From that day forward, this museum has been collecting recordings, photos, stories, even video recordings. Modesto’s radio stations have a strong history, and our goal is to share what made Modesto radio great.
The U.S. Supreme Court and Modesto Radio have one thing in common: Earl Warren! He was both Chief Justice, and a big fan of KTRB’s Music! To learn that story, please check out “Radio History,” and KTRB’s first superstars.
Use that same Menu to locate any radio station, and learn its history. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, the Search Bar will get you there.
How about something from 1933? Listen to the theme song of Bill Bates, the owner and morning show host of KTRB. For thirty-six years, here’s how thousands of Central Californians started their day:
Spend some time inside our Museum; you’ll get both an eyeful and an earful of history and pleasant memories