Welcome to the Modesto Radio Museum. Modesto’s first radio station was KTRB, and its first day on the air was June 18, 1933. Starting with that day, 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 unique.
George Lucas made the phrase “Where were you in in ’62?” famous. We present, “Where were you in ’74?” Thanks to Ron Underwood, high school students were on the radio! Ron Underwood was the teacher who put two High School radio stations on the air! Downey High had KDHS, and Beyer High had KBHI. We featured KDHS recently. Our new KBHI story is right here, just click on the logo:
New to the Museum are the podcasts of “Hollywood & Levine.” Ken Levine has allowed us to share his interviews with several of the nation’s leading radio personalities. Would you like to know what was it like being on the radio? Go to the Menu Category The F.A.M.E. of Radio, and HEAR all about it.
AirChecks is one of our most popular features. As promised, we’ve added more. Derek Waring is our “Raider of The Lost Archives.” He has edited and digitized these disc jockey shows giving us a glimpse of radio’s magic. We now have Sixteen AirChecks for you. Air checks allowed disc jockeys to listen to their work, have others critique their work, and were part of their resumes when applying for jobs. It’s always a good time to check out AirChecks.
Use our 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:
Our Museum is open Twenty-four/Seven. The doors to our studios are always open. You might say we’re on the air, right now.