JUNE 18, 1933


KTRB Studio, 1933
KTRB on location with a Turner 22 microphone.
KTRB on McHenry Ave
KTRB at McHenry and Sylvan





QSL Card, verifying Ham Radio Reception.
KTRB Main Studio. The Console was hand built by Bill Bates.
KTRB’s Ham Radio Station






KTRB’s “ON AIR” Studio, with piano and lots of room for entertainers.
KTRB engineers, Cliff Price and Joe Rice doing some antenna work.
KTRB’s Transmitter Room






The “T” in KTRB was for Thomas McTammany, Bill Bates’s partner.
Bill Bates, prior to building KTRB, was the Chief Engineer at KNX, Los Angeles.
KNX in the 1920s, when Bill Bates worked there.






Arkie and His Hillbillies inside the KTRB Studios.
1938, Arkie’s first year on KTRB.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was a big fan of Arkie’s, and had him perform at his Inauguration as Gov. 1943







Maddox Brothers and Rose were Nationwide Superstars, and KTRB was home base.
Maddox Brothers and Rose, an early hit.
Riverbank Clubhouse, home to The Maddox Brothers, Merle Haggard, and Buck Owens. KTRB was where they promoted their appearances.







Chester Smith and the Cactus Kids ad in Modesto Bee Dec. 1949 regarding a Christmas performance at the Uptown Ball Room in Dec. 1949,
Chester Smith on KTRB, called himself “The Youngest Country Western Hillbilly Announcer on Radio.”
Chester Smith and Hank Snow, on KTRB







Chester Smith went from KTRB to owning Channel 19 TV, which he later sold for $89 million.
KTRB’s new building, going up on Norwegian Ave.
KTRB studios, large and beautiful.







KTRB’s Leonard “Cousin Andy” Anderson, went from staff announcer to become a popular disc jockey.
Bob Lang, Modesto Radio Museum member, was a mid-day star at KTRB.
Cal PuvIance In July 1964
Cal Purviance, a local legend for 30 years.







Cal Purviance, in the 1950s, broadcasting from the County Faire.
Cal Purviance, a founding father of the Modesto Radio Museum Foundation.
Derek Waring with Bob DeLeon were local disc jockeys on KTRB






Museum’s Webmaster Emeritus, Bob Pinheiro (Bob Sterling) 1964



KTRB was sold and moved to San Francisco. The building was demo’d in 2016

The KTRB Tower was the last to fall.