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A look back at 93 years of KSL radio broadcasting

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A look back at 93 years of KSL radio broadcasting

By KSL.com | Posted - May 6, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — On May 6, 1922, KZN sent its first radio transmission from the Deseret News building in Salt Lake City.

Engineer H. Carter Wilson was the first to speak over the air, but later that day, LDS Church President Heber J. Grant and Elder George Albert Smith attended a formal ceremony.

"I had the privilege of riding the first bicycle that came into Salt Lake City. I've talked on the first telephone that was installed here. I witnessed this magnificent city rise from the dusty streets on which I played as a barefoot boy, and 25 years ago I participated in the inaugural broadcast," Smith recounted in 1947.

Eventually, KZN changed its name to KSL, its frequency to 1160 AM/102.7 FM, and increased its output to 50,000 watts.

Click through the gallery to see more of its history.

Contributing: Marc Giauque

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