University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the WRR Radio Station (Dallas) Records, 1927-1937

Descriptive Summary

Creator: WRR Radio Station (Dallas, TX)
Title: WRR Radio Station (Dallas) Records
Dates: 1927-1937
Abstract: The papers of WRR radio station of Dallas, owned by the city, which was one of the earliest broadcasting stations in the United States and the first in Texas, include standard daily journals, program schedules, daily reminders, registers, letters, notes, and printed material.
Accession No.: 84-148
Extent: 2 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The first radio station to be broadcast in Texas, and one of the first in the United States, was WRR of Dallas. The station began broadcasting in 1920, with Henry "Dad" Garrett as announcer, and received a provisional license on August 4, 1921. In 1924, leading Dallas businessmen including John Foldberg Thorwald took on the task of reconstructing WRR as a city-owned station and in 1925 the station took the air with studios located in the Adolphus Hotel. For the next 14 years, Thorwald was the director of radio for the city of Dallas and was responsible for a number of programming firsts, such as using radio for police broadcasts, sports coverage, selling time, and broadcasting the dedication of an underground cavern near Austin from 600 feet.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Radio," (accessed June 9, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The papers of the WRR radio station, Dallas, 1927-1937, include Standard Daily Journals, 1927-1931; WRR Program Schedules, 1932-1939; Daily Reminders, 1926-1927, register (diary), 1926; and letters, notes, and printed material from journals and schedules, 1927-1931, relating to the daily operation and administration of the station.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Thorwald, John Foldberg
Subjects (Organizations)
WRR (Radio station: Dallas, Tex.)--Archives.
Radio stations--Administration
Radio stations--History--United States
Radio stations--United States--History
Radio programs
Dallas (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

WRR Radio Station (Dallas) Records, 1927-1937, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Wheat, February 1988. Subsequent revisions were made by Deborah Bloys, March 1994.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2.325/B59 Standard Daily Journal (small journal), 1928
Notes, printed material from Standard Daily Journal (small journal), 1928
Standard Daily Journal (large journal), 1928
WRR Program Schedules:
Hilton Hotel, Dallas, Texas, 1932
2.325/B60 January 2-September 3, 1933
September 4, 1933-January 28, 1934
January 28-September 29, 1934
September 30, 1934-January 8, 1935
January 7-September 8, 1935
January 11-September 18, 1937
September 19, 1937-May 21, 1938
May 22, 1938-January 21, 1939
2.325/B62 Standard Daily Journal, 1927
Standard Daily Journal, 1929
Standard Daily Journal, 1930
Standard Daily Journal, 1931
WRR Program Schedule, September 9, 1935-May 10, 1936
WRR Program Schedule, May 11, 1936-January 10, 1937
Daily Reminder (small), 1926
Daily Reminder, 1927
Daily Reminder (large), 1926
Register (Diary), 1926
Letters, notes, printed material from journals and schedules, 1927-1931