Athough this account states that the radio station's callsign was "WPN", it was actually "WPU" according to the Department of Commerce records. (WPN had already been assigned to a ship named Pioneer according to the annual station lists, while WPU was still unused and available for assignment.) The transmitting wavelength of 360 meters is equivalent to a frequency of 833 kilohertz.
The original scans for these articles (Jazz by Wireless Concert Feature, Wireless Music Festival Free to Public Today, Wireless Phone Success Proven) come from Tom Tryniski's Fultonhistory.com site.
Buffalo Courier, January 21, 1922, page 8:
JAZZ BY WIRELESS CONCERT FEATURE
All In Readiness For Courier-Enquirer Treat.
RADIO RECITAL ODD EVENT
Jazz and the wireless telephone, modern innovation and invention, will be the features of the radio concert of The Courier and The Enquirer, which will open at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the Elmwood Music hall.
Final arrangements were completed yesterday. The programme has been decided upon, and the apparatus installed.
For the first time in Buffalo, under the auspices of The Courier and The Enquirer even those totally ignorant of the wireless are to be given an opportunity to hear a concert over the radio. Broadway, in the shape of the Irving Berlin company of New York, will be transplanted here for the afternoon.
The following was received yesterday by The Courier from C. H. Houston, assistant secretary of commerce in Washington:
"Radio concert for Elmwood Music hall from 2 until 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, January 22, on 360 meters is hereby authorized. Radio call letters, W. P. N--repeat W. P. N."
By the proper tuning of their instruments radio operators will be able to hear the concert from their own receiving stations.
Among the performers for the concert will be Richard Miller, a former Buffalonian, whose tenor voice has attracted considerable attention. Miss Edna Zahm, who won the prize at the National Music festival here some months ago, will be another participant. The orchestral programme will be given by the Broadway Syncopators, secured by the Berlin company to play through the wireless.
The installation of the wireless equipment has been in charge of Edward Streigel.
Buffalo Courier, January 22, 1922, page 56:
WIRELESS MUSIC FESTIVAL FREE TO PUBLIC TODAY
Courier-Enquirer Event at Elmwood Music Hall, Starting at 2 o'Clock.
EXCELLENT PROGRAMME FOR NOVEL OCCASION
All is ready for the wireless concert this afternoon at the Elmwood Music hall under the auspices of The Courier and The Enquirer. It will start promptly at 2 o'clock. There will he no admission charge, and the public is cordially invited.
There will be a large receiving station at the hall, and at 2 o'clock the music will be heard through the wireless. At 3 o'clock the performers will appear in person and repeat the programme.
Fine Talent Secured.
The Irving Berlin company has secured the Broadway Syncopators, who have played before the dignitaries of Europe and America and also have made several recordings of their popular selections. Richard Miller, a Buffalonian with a beautiful tenor voice, will sing several numbers. Edna Zahm, local girl, who won the National Musical Festival prize, will offer a rare treat. Hildreth Morrow, who has recently come to Buffalo, will also sing several selections. Mr. Rose will sing several popular numbers.
The Elmwood Music hall has been beautifully decorated for the concert by The Hale decorators of Elmwood avenue.
City council will attend in a body. The Mayor also will be present. Justices Taylor, Brown, Pooley and Noonan and Deputy Park Commissioner S. L. Robertson also will attend.
The apparatus that is to be used as the transmitting and receiving stations is furnished through the courtesy of McCarthy Brothers & Ford. This electrical concern is providing two of the country's best wireless engineers, Edward Streigel and Ray Swanecamp, to operate the station.
Programme and Details.
The pianos that will be used at the concert are loaned by the Loud Music company.
The programme was arranged by Emil M. Farris.
A. A. VanDeMark will be chairman of the concert. Mr. VanDeMark is the founder and organizer of the National Music Festival. The programme is as follows:
"America," the audience. Song, Richard Miller, accompanied by Mr. Glucksman; "Granny," Irving Berlin, Broadway Syncopators. Song, Miss Hildredth Morrow. "Delilah," Irving Berlin, Broadway Syncopators. Song, "Quaint Old Garden," Mr. Rose and Syncopators; (This composition was composed by Mr. Glucksman.) "Tuck Me To Sleep," Irving Berlin, Broadway Syncopators. Song, selected, Miss Edna Zahm. "Say It With Music," Irving Berlin, Broadway Syncopators. Song, Richard Miller, accompanied by Mr. Glucksman. "Bow Wow Blues," Irving Berlin, Broadway Syncopators. Address, Commissioner of Public Works Kreinheder. "Everybody Step," Irving Berlin, Broadway Syncopators. Song, "Snowball," Mr. Rose and Syncopators. "Star Spangled Banner," the audience.
Buffalo Courier, January 23, 1922, page 7:
WIRELESS PHONE SUCCESS PROVEN
Worth Demonstrated By Courier-Enquirer Concert.
PAPERS AND PLAYERS PRAISED
Enthusiastic applause and many encores marked the success of the wireless concert of The Courier and Enquirer, held yesterday afternoon in the Elmwood Music hall. The music was transmitted from the rooms of McCarthy Bros. & Ford to amplifiers in the hall. Following the wireless concert, the performers appeared in person and repeated the programme.
The concert was opened by Malcolm R. Clissold of The Courier and Enquirer. He was introduced through the amplifier by A. A. Van De 'Marc, who was in charge of the programme. Mayor Schwab, Chief of Police Burfeind, Commissioner Perkins and Corporation Counsel Rann were among the guests.
A Great Success.
"The concert has been a great success. The Courier and Enquirer are to be congratulated for their enterprise, and the performers on the fine quality of their work," Commissioner Perkins said.
The concert was staged by the Irving Berlin Music Publishing company of New York. The performers were Hildreth Morrow, Richard Miller of Buffalo, Edna Zahm, winner of first prize at the National Music festival here last year, Fred Rose and ten-year-old Eleanor Flannagan of this city. The orchestral selections were played by the Broadway Syncopators.
The apparatus was furnished by the Federal Telephone & Telegraph Co. Decorations were by the Hale Decorating Co. Edward D. O'Day was in charge of the transmission of the music.
Proves Practical Success.
"The concert is a proof of the practical success of the wireless telephone," officials of McCarthy Brothers company said.
Among the most popular of the performers was Miss Zahm in "Pale Moon," little Miss Flannagan, who appeared in ballet dancer's costume, singing "'Tucky Home," was also well received, and was recalled to the stage for an encore. Excellent jazz marked the performance of the Broadway Syncopators in a number of Irving Berlin selections.