business & media archives

The Business & Media Archives is the legacy of Warren P. Williamson, Jr. a pioneer radio and television broadcaster who founded WKBN Broadcasting Corporation in 1926. The collection includes business records, marketing materials, broadcasting equipment, radio recordings and extensive television news film and videotape libraries.

the collection

The Business & Media Archives project is the legacy of Warren P. Williamson, Jr. (1900-1996), a pioneer radio and television broadcaster in the Mahoning Valley who founded WKBN Broadcasting Corporation in 1926. WKBN operated AM and FM radio stations and a UHF television station in the Mahoning Valley market until 1997. All of these stations were affiliates of the CBS Radio and Television Network. Fully realizing and appreciating the tremendous historical and educational value of the materials his company had accumulated since its founding, Mr. Williamson made the initial contribution of funds to start the Business and Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley in 1994. In 1995 WKBN Broadcasting Corporation began to donate its corporate archives, which included business records, marketing materials, broadcasting equipment, radio air check recordings and extensive television news film and videotape libraries. Since then other local media outlets and individuals have contributed historical materials to the Business and Media Archives the Mahoning Valley collection.

 

 

 

Romper Room

We found a small kinescope film of a Romper Room episode hosted by Miss Margaret Walker recorded at WKBN 27 Youngstown OH sometime between 1960-1961. Recognize anyone? I see Bobby and Sally and Johnny and Mary...who do you see??

Posted by Business & Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley on Thursday, September 6, 2018
WKBN: Behind The Scenes

2/10/1965 - ETV Feature: WKBN 27 Youngstown OH's Behind the scenes on how shows are produced.

Posted by Business & Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley on Monday, April 30, 2018
Kinescope: Major Ted

July 1958 - Kinescope (recording of a television broadcast on film) of Major Ted (known on air as Ted Niemi off air as Ted Eckman) and his Space Rangers (with co-host Mary Jane Stevenson).

Posted by Business & Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley on Friday, September 21, 2018