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Old 02-08-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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The following link will take you to a tremendous article related to WLW-R, WLW-T and their fouder Paul Crosley Jr. But the stations were just a part of the man's business life. He dabbled into many household products such as refrigerators, always trying to make them less costly. How many of you own a refrigerator with shelves in the door? Well he built the first one, the Crosley Shelvadoor.

Read the article, it will give you an appreciation for a truly great Cincinnatian and one who's imprint is still around today.

WLW Radio/TV
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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One of the programs I did not see mentioned in the article was Moon River, a late night program featuring lazy organ music. Powel Crosley's estate, Pinecroft, off Kipling Rd had a large grand organ installed in it. During a portion of the time WLW broadcast with 500,000 watts Moon River became their late night signature program. It could be heard anywhere in the US, California to the East Coast. I believe this is when many people began to refer to it as The Nation's Station.

WLW-R was of course AM, not FM. AM's distance of reception is dependent on atmospheric conditions, which of course vary. But there are many documented instances of WLW being received clear as a bell in Australia.

Oh yes, and remember that 500,000 watt monster transmitter? And guess what the Crosley engineers worked on next, that little operation just down the road called VOA.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Yes, I am back again. Guess what else he had an active hand in. Do you remember the Reds ballpark called Crosley Field?

This may have been the most singularly accomplished Cincinnatian in my lifetime. I say that because he did not just stick to one area of interest, but struck out in whatever direction beckoned him. You just plain have to admire a person like that.

I just started to think about this when reading the thread on the VOA museum. This got me to reading about the Blaw Knox antenna in Mason and where it came from. This took me back to the early days of both radio and TV and who made it happen. Paul Crosley Jr. bought the Reds in 1934 when the ballpark was renamed for him, and generally acknowledged to be struggling, I take this to mean financially. Again, what an impressive individual.

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Old 02-08-2014, 07:30 PM
 
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Didn't Crosley make cars as well?
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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That they did, and also radios.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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Here's an ad for the Shelvador:

https://archive.org/details/1954Comm...SuperShelvador

PS - The nitpicky newspaper copy editor in me (I tried to shut her up, but she's very persistent!) wants to remind you that this is the correct spelling of Mr. Crosley's first name: Powel.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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Remembering Crosley Field - YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soEr5augDIQ
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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That they did, and also radios.
They not only built radios but at one time were the world's largest manufacturer. Legend has it that Crosley went to buy a radio for one of his kids at a Cincinnati store and they wanted around $100 for it, a huge sum for the times.

So he set out to design a cheaper radio which could be mass produced, and successfully. At one point it was like Xerox, a Crosley became a generic name for a radio, like Xerox did for copiers.

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Old 02-09-2014, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Here's an ad for the Shelvador:

https://archive.org/details/1954Comm...SuperShelvador

PS - The nitpicky newspaper copy editor in me (I tried to shut her up, but she's very persistent!) wants to remind you that this is the correct spelling of Mr. Crosley's first name: Powel.
Yes, and if I could I would change the name of the thread to correct it, but I don't know how.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Didn't Crosley make cars as well?
The one endeavour he was never really successful at. He tried several times. Perhaps it was just too early. Gas was just too cheap, and cars too inexpensive. Remember the Henry-J, a product of the Kaiser Frazer corporation? It was just not for the times. After Kaiser-Frazer merged with Willys-Overland, manufacturers of the Jeep, it was just a matter of time. The Kaiser and Frazer cars disappeared quickly. Then Jeep was acquired by Chrysler after they went through the American Motors era. You do remember Nash and Hudson don't you?

So I can't singularly fault Powel with failing at cars, he had a lot of company.

BTW, do any of you remember the King Midget car company in Athens Ohio? I had a HS friend who bought one and drove it to UC for several years. It was literally a golf cart sized car driven by a lawnmover sized engine and a chain drive. So Crosley was not the only failure in the market.
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