‘Alabama Radio Moment’ Explores the Cultural, Technological History of Radio in New Exhibit at Alabama Museum

Montgomery, Alabama. (WSFA) – On Saturday, the Alabama Department of Archives and History will honor some of Alabama Radio’s greatest moments. It’s called “Alabama Radio Moment.”

Temporary exhibits explore how radio changed the way Alabamaans learned about current events, enjoyed sports and music, and connected with the world beyond their local communities in the 20th century.

“Long before the internet and streaming, radio provided Alabamaans with access to the wider world,” said ADAH Director Steve Murray. “From Joe Lewis’ exciting championship game to wartime news dispatched overseas to the cultural change of the 1960s, the shared experiences of Americans throughout much of the 20th century were carried over the airwaves.”

The exhibit covers the launch of Alabama’s first public radio station all the way to the beginning of the television era. It also highlights Alabama’s contributions to radio technology and programming, and how radio shapes the way people respond to the social and political climate.

On Saturday, members of the AHRS will deliver presentations on a variety of broadcast topics at ADAH’s Joseph M. Farley Alabama Power Auditorium.

Below is a list of topics and times:

  • 12:30 pm – How the radio works
  • 1:30 p.m. – Early Alabama Radio
  • 2:30 pm – Theatre of the Mind
  • 3:30pm – Radio show presentation

Other family activities will take place throughout the day in ADAH’s hands-on gallery. From 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of ADAH, AHRS members will provide a variety of interactive demonstrations, including how to build a foxhole radio and how to send Morse code. These events and many more public programs that will be offered throughout the exhibition are made possible with the support of the Friends of the Alabama Archives and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Admission to the opening event and the Alabama Museum is free. For more information, please call (334) 353-4689 or email alex.colvin@archives.alabama.gov.

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