Des Moines Register, June 6, 1922, Page 14:
SHRINE SPECIAL TO HAVE RADIO
Za-Ga-Zig Delegation to Leave Wednesday.
The Shrine special train which will depart from the union station with the representatives of Za-Ga-Zig temple for San Francisco Wednesday evening is completely equipped for radio receiving and sending.
By a plan of co-operation with radio station WGF (The Register and Tribune) in Des Moines, and with other principal radio stations on the route west, the Shrine train will be kept in constant radio communication, it is expected.
Since aboard the train will be all the musical talent of the Shrine chanters, the Shrine band and the drum corps, radio broadcasting programs will be readily arranged at many stages of the journey to the imperial council meeting.
Call Letters WEAL.
The train, in fact, is a licensed radio transmitting station. Its call letters, assigned by the department of commerce at Washington, are WEAL. Two transmitting sets, one of 10 watts power and the other of 100 watts, have been installed in the special car of Illustrious Potentate C. T. Gadd. The receiving apparatus also is on this car, the Vancouver.
To assist in making the radio installations, the Milwaukee railroad sent to Des Moines P. S. Westcott, assistant lighting engineer, who is in charge of all radio work on that railroad's lines. The Milwaukee has been using radio on some of its crack trains, especially the Pioneer limited, running from Milwaukee to the Twin cities. Mr. Westcott will remain here until the train leaves at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening.
Register Radio to Help.
Upon leaving Des Moines the Shriners will start sending back a farewell radio concert which Iowa radio fans can tune in on. Then The Register and Tribune will start sending, and its program will be picked up aboard the train as it speeds west. Similar procedure will be followed at Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and finally San Francisco.
The train is due to reach Herndon at 7:50, Manilla at 9, and Omaha at 11:30 p. m.
The radio equipment was built specially for the Shriners by the Page company. Materials were given by the Garver Hardware company.
All the radio activity will be preliminary to the introduction of Za-Ga-Zig temple's radio patrol in the parades in San Francisco. The patrol has been completely equipped with radio apparatus and has been trained to receive its commands by radio and execute its movements accordingly.
Blair Quick has been in charge of the radio plans for the trip.
Des Moines Register, June 8, 1922, Page 14:
Des Moines Register, June 10, 1922, Page 1:
ZA-GA-ZIG TO GIVE CONCERT IN LOS ANGELES TODAY
On board the Shriners' Special, Salt Lake City, June 9.--(Special)--Za-Ga-Zig delegates to the Shriners' conclave in San Francisco will arrive in Los Angeles about noon tomorrow and will remain until 9 o'clock in the evening. The band will give a concert at Long Beach at 3 o'clock. The special is expected to steam into San Francisco at noon Sunday. The train is running slightly behind schedule, due to rainstorms and heavy traffic.
The Shriners were met at Omaha by many radio fans who inspected the equipment, operated for the first time on an American transcontinental train. Apparatus used in connection with the wireless was broken at Council Bluffs, which prevented broadcasting until new tubes were obtained at Salt Lake City.
Mrs. T. J. Hubbard and Mrs. Ross Miller and baby left the train at Denver to visit friends and relatives. Earl C. Mills, candidate for the post of outer guard, left the special at Ogden to proceed direct to Frisco. Mrs. Mills remained with the train in order to see her father and mother at Los Angeles.
Nebraska State Journal, June 14, 1922, Page 1:
SHRINERS AT GOLDEN GATE
SAN FRANCISCO, June 13.--The imperial council of the ancient Arabic order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine got down to business sessions yesterday after the grand opening parade to escort the imperial divan to the council chamber.
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Za Ga Zig chanters from Des Moines, Ia. carried their own radio equipment to broadcast their music as fast as they made it.