Although the November 4, 1920 Buffalo Evening News review asserted that "The NEWS is the only newspaper in the country that sent out election night returns by wireless", at least three others did the same: the Detroit News broadcast returns over its own station, 8MK (later WWJ), the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch teamed up with a station operated by William Evans Woods, and Westinghouse broadcast results over 8ZZ (later KDKA) in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that were provided by the Pittsburgh Post.

In these articles Charles C. Klinck, Jr., is described as operating an amateur radio station. For some pre-World War I years he is listed as licenced for amateur station 8QF, but he does not appear in any of the standard post-war station listings.

Buffalo Courier, February 24, 1920, page 9:


Klinck,  Buffalo  Inventor,  Gives  Radio  Amateurs  Phonograph  Recital.

    Maybe it won't be long before you will be hearing the latest popular tunes come floating to your ears through space while at work or at home or on the street. Amateur wireless operators here were able to hear jazz music played on a phonograph in the home of Charles C. Klinck, Jr., of No. 38 West Parade avenue. And Klinck believes he has discovered a new device which will add considerably to the progress already made in the transmission of music by wireless telephone.
    He tried his new device out for the first time last Saturday, with the result that between forty and fifty amateur radio operators called him up to tell him they had heard his music distinctly. One man even told him that the notes were so clear and sharp that he could hear them in any part of his house without the use of the head telephones which are needed to catch wireless signals.
    Even the smallest amateur sets were able to hear the phonograph music, said Klinck, who is an instructor in mechanical drawing in the Nichols school. He declined to explain his device, except to say that it consisted chiefly of a microphone and a sound box attached to a DeForest type of wireless telephone transmitter in front of which the phonograph is played. It operates on 110 volts. Music by wireless is not new, but he claims his device amplifies the tones much more highly than any other he knows of. If possible, he will patent the device, he said. He is twenty-four years old.
    He played every kind of music from the heaviest opera to the gayest ragtime. The song that was most in demand by the operators who heard him, he said, was "Wat's the Use of Kicking, Lets Go 'Round with a Smile." Charles Mullett, a seventeen-year-old operator, said he heard "every note" at his small "inside aerial" station at his home, No. 89 Eastwood place. John Rieger, No. 15 Fairview avenue, a radio instructor, reported that by using a three-stage amplifier he even heard the music without the head receivers.
Buffalo Courier, August 30, 1920, page 10:


Sounds  Come  From  Instrument  Conceived  by  Buffalo  Youth  Which  Sends  Notes  300  Miles  Through  Space.

    The low vibrant strains of Tannhauser, intermingled with floating notes of "The Blue Danube," apparently originating at nowhere and being wafted into the ears of listening wireless operators along the east coast of the continent, have been causing wireless operators to doubt the true sincerity of prohibition during the last few days.
    The first phenomena came a few days ago when a mysterious concert was started. Startled operators sat glued to their chairs when the first notes reached them and remained paralyzed until the concert finished.
    Wild thoughts of the big Spiritualist convention in session at Lilydale flashed through the minds of the operators. Had the immortal Wagner and the incomparable Strauss returned to the world via the medium route?
    What about Mars? Had the long-sought communication been made possible by means of music, invented by some Martian? And what would come next? The next moment was indeed a strained one.
    "Well boys, how do you like that?" came a voice over the wire as clear as life. The operators jumped and looked around for the nearest exit. Some are reported to have moseyed through floors at ninety miles an hour, headed for parts unknown.
    "Now listen, and I'll give you a little jazz," came the far-away voice from the next world. Such operators as had not already started for parts unknown sat tight to their chairs while the riotous strains of a saxophone and ukelele ground out the notes of "I'm a Jazz Baby." The operators knew that no spirit of Wagner or Strauss would have anything to do with music patterned after the battle of Waterloo. They breathed easy again and learned the secret.
    The music was not an echo from Lilydale. Neither was it from Mars or any other planet. Prohibition could not be blamed either. The music came from a house at No. 38 Parade avenue, right here in Buffalo. Charles Klinck, Jr., twenty-four years old, was the sender.
    Mr. Klinck after many months of experimenting has conceived an instrument that once attached to a wireless instrument will transmit music through space for nearly 300 miles. The music, according to operators who have listened to it, is at distinct and clear at the end of 300 miles as it is when it starts. A talking machine is used to produce the original music. The concerts, according to Mr. Klinck, have been heard on Long Island and as far south as Pittsburgh. Beyond those points he has received no report.
    Mr. Klinck has been giving nightly concerts for several evenings and many operators tune up each night so as to catch the radius and not miss them. The big government wireless station at Pittsburgh, according to Mr. Klinck, is one of the most interested listeners. Stations in Canada on the east coast are also able to hear the music.
    Mr. Klinck is an amateur and built the wireless station for his own amusement and entertainment. He has been a student of wireless and wireless telephones for several years.
Buffalo Enquirer, August 30, 1920, page 3:


    After many months of experimenting, Charles Klinck, Jr., 24 years old, of No. 38 Parade avenue, has conceived an instrument that once attached to wireless apparatus will transmit music through space for nearly 300 miles. A talking machine is used to produce the original music.
    Mr. Klinck has been giving nightly concerts since his invention has been completed and many operators in all parts of the country pick up the tunes. According to Mr. Klinck, the big government wireless station at Pittsburgh is one of the most interested listeners.
    Mr. Klinck is an amateur and built the wireless station for his own amusement and entertainment. He has been a student of wireless and wireless telephones for several years.
Buffalo Commercial, September 18, 1920, page 9: Charles Klinck, Jr. at His Wireless

Jazzy  Tunes  by  Wireless  Enliven  Dull  Moments

    Dancing in a distant city to the strain of melody may soon be an accomplished fact if the aggressiveness of American business keeps the pace set by the ingenuity of Charles Klinck Jr., 38 West Parade avenue.
    With the aid of wireless apparatus valued at $5,000 that he has for years been accumulating and perfecting Klinck has acted as host for nightly phonograph musical heard heard by radio operators located along the Atlantic coast hundreds of miles from Buffalo.
    Classical and jazzical music alike has been freely poured into the surprised ears of the wireless operators who chanced to get in "tune" with the sending apparatus in the Klinck attic.
   Long Island and Pittsburgh operators are among those who have been treated to a free concert ground out on a phonograph in this Buffalo home, according to Mr. Klinck. Other points far up along the Canadian coast have requested "encore" to his astonishing long distance concerts.
    Mr. Klinck's invention, he says, is simple and can easily be copied by those having the necessary apparatus.
    Before the sending piece of the wireless telephone he has placed an ordinary phonograph with the little doors of the sound box opened wide. Before this opening he has hung the horn taken from an old style talking machine with the yawning end of it directly before the phonograph. On the other end he has attached a sound vibrating attachment similar to that contained in a telephone receiver. This hangs directly before the mouth piece of the wireless telephone.
    And that is practically all there is to it. A record is started on the phonograph, the wireless sending apparatus switched into operation and the distant concert audience leans back into chairs with attentive ears snug up to the wireless receivers.
    The free musicales are almost nightly events. Some distant operators even give Klinck a call and put in a request for a few jazzy tunes to liven up the monotony of their laboratories and Klinck obliges.
    "There is realty nothing to it," he explained, "only I just stumbled onto the idea and worked it out. I don't think it has ever been tried in Buffalo before."
    When but a small boy--he is now 24 years old--Klinck began his electrical work. Gradually he built and equipped an amateur outfit that today bas few rivals in Buffalo. The value of the apparatus housed in his laboratory is in the neighborhood of $5,000. His wireless set is good for both sending and receiving telephone and telegraph messages. The sending radius runs into the hundreds of miles and Klinck almost daily receives messages from far distant points all over the eastern part of the country.
    Today his boyhood work and pastime is but a sideline to which he devotes many spare hours in experiments. But he is never too busy to oblige a distant fellow-radioman with a few choice phonograph selections.
Buffalo Evening News, October 28, 1920, page 1:

"Evening  News"  Will  Spread  Election  Story  by  Wireless

Newspaper  Has  Arranged  With  Charles C.  Klinck  Jr.,  to  Broadcast  Results  Obtained  From  Its  Seven  Agencies

    Wireless will be included in the election return service given by the EVENING NEWS this year. Arrangements have just been made with Charles C. Klinck Jr. to broadcast results by wireless telephone from his home at 38 West Parade avenue.
    These returns may be picked up by anyone with a receiving set within a radius of 75 miles or more, dependent on weather conditions. Klinck will begin sending out returns at 6 o'clock and will continue to give the service until 11.
    City returns will be supplied him from the EVENING NEWS office as soon as they are received, also state and national returns. The NEWS will be able to give a very complete report, with seven agencies supplying the service.
    Klinck is electrical instructor at Technical High school. He has one of the best wireless outfits in this section of the country.
Buffalo Evening News, October 29, 1920, page 1:

Radio  Operators  Can  Listen  to  "News"  Election  Returns

    Wireless amateur operators in Buffalo and vicinity are invited to listen in on the radio election return service which the EVENING NEWS will give this year. Amateurs will not need to know the code because the returns will be sent by wireless telephone.
    Charles C. Klinck Jr., 38 West Parade avenue, will send out the returns as fast as they are received.
    Klinck has one of the best wireless telephone outfits in this section of the country. He will send out the returns on this apparatus and they may be picked up by anyone with an ordinary receiving set within a radius of 75 miles or more, according to the weather conditions.
    Klinck will get the returns from the EVENING NEWS office by special wire as fast as they are compiled. They will include returns in the city and those from the state and nation. The service will begin at 6 o'clock and continue until 11, or later. Klinck is electrical instructor at Technical High school.
    The wireless service will supplement the usual election night service given by the EVENING NEWS. The bulletin board, moving pictures and other features will be a part of this service. The EVENING NEWS is now making arrangements for a better and more complete system than ever before of giving the public the returns quickly and accurately.
Buffalo Evening News, October 30, 1920, page 24:

Radio  Clubs  Near  City  to  Get  Election  Returns  by  Wireless

Will  Pick  Up  Air  Messages  Flitting  Out  of  Operator  Klinck's  Buffalo  Station.

    Amateur wireless operators, not only in Buffalo but in the surrounding towns, are preparing to take advantage of the radio election returns service which the EVENING NEWS will give election night.
    Howard Hopkins of Youngstown notified the NEWS today that a young men's club of that community has arranged to receive the returns. The club has 100 members.
    In Lancaster several radio fans have arranged to borrow a radio phone outfit, which will be put in place before election day. The returns will be received and will also be relayed from this station. The Humane society is co-operating, and a large part of the town's population will get the returns through the service.
    The returns will be sent out from Buffalo by Charles C. Klinck Jr., 38 West Parade avenue. Returns from all parts of the country will be flashed as soon as they are received at the EVENING NEWS office. They may be picked up by anyone with a receiving set within a radius of 75 miles or more, dependent on the weather conditions. All radio operators are invited to take advantage of the service.
    Klinck will begin sending at 6 o'clock and will continue until late at night. He is an expert on wireless. He is electrical instructor at Technical High school.
    The wireless service will be supplementary to the usual service given by the EVENING NEWS election night. The NEWS will supply complete and accurate returns with speed. A bulletin board, moving pictures and other features will be on the program for persons in the city who come downtown to get the returns.
Buffalo Evening News, November 1, 1920, page 1:
"News"  Election  Returns  Best
     and  Quickest;  Be  Our  Guest

        As usual, the EVENING NEWS has arranged for the most complete and quickest returns on the evening of Election Day, and in connection with the flashing of returns the customary excellent moving picture show will be given.
        Extras, with complete returns to the time of going to press, will be issued about 7 o'clock and shortly after 8 o'clock.
         The moving picture show will include Mary Pickford in "How Could You?," Douglas Fairbanks in "Headin' South" and Fatty Arbuckle in "Fatty's Garage." In addition there will be the Pathe New picture of current and interesting world events.
        The EVENING NEWS has also arranged to have the returns sent out by radio-telephone so that all points in Western New York where there are stations to receive messages will be put in touch instantly with the latest developments.

Buffalo Evening News, November 2, 1920, page 1:

"News"  Screen  Gives  Best  Results  First

Fastest  Service  in  History  Ready  for  Tonight---Public  Invited  to  be  Guests  of  "News."

    The EVENING NEWS has arranged to give the best election night service in its history tonight. Accurate returns will be put out in extra editions, will be flashed on a screen in front of the NEWS office and will be radio-telephoned to all parts of the city and Western New York.
    Moving pictures including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Fatty Arbuckle will be shown. The NEWS has arranged with the International railway to have all street cars off Main street below Broadway after 6 o'clock so that the crowds can watch the movies and returns with comfort and convenience.
    The public is most cordially invited to come to the NEWS office. The returns will be speedy and complete. Telephone, telegraph and adding machines will contribute to their ready compilation. The NEWS staff has been organized for the expert handling of the returns under the direction of experienced men.
    The pictures and the returns will be flashed on a big screen which will be placed on the O'Brian, Potter & Co. building opposite the NEWS office, just south of Main and Seneca streets. Besides the pictures with the famous stars, Pathe News pictures of current and interesting world events will be shown.
    The return from distant parts of the country will be given as they reach the NEWS office over the wires of the Associated Press and the United Press. Special service in Western New York and in other sections will supplement the service supplied by the press associations.
    Extra editions, with complete returns to the time of going to press, will be issued about 7 o'clock and shortly after 8 o'clock. The local returns will be assembled and compiled in the basement of the city hall. They will be hurried there from the booths by motorcycle, bicycle and automobile messengers.
    The radio returns will be flashed by Charles C. Klinck Jr., 38 West Parade avenue. Amateur wireless enthusiasts in Lancaster, Youngstown and other points in Western New York have notified the NEWS that they were preparing to take advantage of this service. The returns may be picked up by anyone with a receiving set within a radius of 75 miles, and all persons with a receiving set are invited to listen in.
    Mr. Klinck is electrical instructor at Technical High school. He has one of the best wireless outfits in this section of the country. He will begin sending out returns at 6 o'clock.
    The pictures and returns will be shown in front of the NEWS office, rain or shine. Because of its reputation for efficient service, the NEWS is accustomed to entertain the biggest crowds in the city on election night. Those who are planning to come downtown are urged to come early.
Buffalo Evening News, November 3, 1920, page 9:

"News"  Flashes  Returns  Via  Wireless  Throughout  County

Telephoned  From  Editorial  Room  to  Home  of  Charles  C.  Klinck  Jr.,  Who  Sends  Figures  Throughout  Western  New  York.

    News of the Republican landslide in Buffalo and nation-wide returns predicting the election of Senator Harding were flashed by radio to many parts of Buffalo and to surrounding towns last evening by Charles C. Klinck Jr. from his home, 38 West Parade avenue.
    As soon as the returns came into the EVENING NEWS office, they were telephoned over a special wire to Mr. Klinck's residence, where they were received by a member of the EVENING NEWS staff. From 6 o'clock until midnight, Mr. Klinck sat at his wireless telephone apparatus and sent out the encouraging Republican news. Not only were city and county returns flashed out over the wireless outfit, but also state and national figures.
    During the evening, Mr. Klinck, who is an electrical instructor at Technical High school, received word from several wireless operators in the city, in Lancaster and surrounding towns that they were getting the returns by wireless with perfect satisfaction. The severe storm conditions restricted materially the area covered. During the lulls between dispatches, the operators who were listening for the returns, were entertained by musical selections from a victrola in the Klinck home. There were few lulls, however.
    Full reports as to the service rendered by this special EVENING NEWS radio service will be received today from the city and surrounding towns. Amateur operators who received the returns have been asked to communicate with the radio editor of the EVENING NEWS either by letter or telegram.
Buffalo Evening News, November 4, 1920, page 4:

"News"  Wireless  Service  on  Election  Wins  Praise

"Radio  Service  Flashed  Results  Faster  Than  Telegraph  Wires,"  Writes  Lancaster  Man.

    Letters began to be received this morning from wireless fans in all parts of the city and Erie county, congratulating the EVENING NEWS on the election news service given by that means election night.
    The returns were broadcasted with speed, accuracy and distinctness. Word from Lancaster was to the effect that the wireless returns supplied by the NEWS beat the returns supplied on a Western Union wire.
    The wireless system proved even more popular than expected, judging from the letters. Hundreds of persons decided to get the returns by wireless in the shelter and comfort of their homes, instead of braving the cold wind, rain and sleet to go downtown.
    The following is a letter from E. A. Tillman:
    "In behalf of the Men's Brotherhood of the Presbyterian church of Lancaster, allow me to thank you for the complete election returns sent out by radio. They were heard by some 300 guests of the above organization by use of a Deforest audion and regenerative set, with four sets of phones and a loud speaker, operated by Winford Jones and Gerald DeFrees of Lancaster.
    "You are to be congratulated upon the promptness of these returns as they beat out the Western Union service which was also installed in the church parlors."
    Harry E. Frost, druggist, 249 Pine street, entertained his friends, among them Dr. Louis LaMantia, P. V. Mazuka, Frank Mendola and Charles Sciolino. He writes:
    "In regards to receiving the election returns by wireless telephone, I wish to say that we enjoyed it immensely. We sat around very comfortably smoking our cigars and commenting on the election, while every few minutes Mr. Klinck's voice would roar out the results as he received them. It was enjoyed immensely sitting in a nice warm room, while outside the elements were doing their worst."
    Mr. Frost's letter says that a two-step amplifier and a magnivox, with a large horn, were used in receiving the returns.
    Harry L. Maxon, 267 Brinkman street, is brief and to the point: "We appreciated the wireless election returns. Signals clear and loud. A party of seven voters enjoyed the treat."
    Leroy Zimmer, a jeweler of 2124 Seneca street, writes that he and his friends received the returns on the radio set which he uses for receiving time signals in his store.
    "The returns came in clear and distinct. A great many people visited in the store during the evening. All appreciated the excellent service given us by the EVENING NEWS and Mr. Klinck."
    "I have heard the radiophone and it certainly was a pleasure not only to me, but also to four other persons who were present, and who were delighted with its clearness," is the word that comes from William N. Reinhard, 47 Johnson street.
    Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Lumney, 237 Masten street, tell a similar story:
    "Wish to say we and several of our friends spent a very pleasant evening listening in for the returns which came in fine on our two step amplifier. We wish to congratulate and thank both Mr. Klinck and the EVENING NEWS for this service and the pleasure of getting the returns in our own home."
    "I heard the election reports via Mr. Klinck's radiophone and they were fine," writes Lester Reynolds, 522 William street.
    "Myself and six others enjoyed the returns by wireless election night. Good work," is the message from L. Kimley.
    The NEWS is the only newspaper in the country that sent out election night returns by wireless. The returns were broadcast for the NEWS by Charles C. Klinck Jr., 38 West parade avenue. He is electrical instructor at Technical high school. He has one of the best wireless outfits in this section of the country and his voice was heard over the phone in hundreds of homes in Buffalo and Western New York. The returns carried for a radius of 75 miles.
Buffalo Evening News, November 5, 1920, page 40:


    More letters continue to come to the EVENING NEWS telling of the splendid results of the wireless election returns service. Each amateur apparently had half a dozen or more friends listening in on the results.
    "Seven friends and myself were supplied with the information through my station and we thank you heartily for your trouble," is a typical statement from the letter of Carl H. Gebauer, 160 Johnson street.
    "The radiophone came in so loud that I could lay the phones on the table and hear the voice without difficulty," writes Robert A. Trago, 27 Fifteenth street. Clarence J. Mayer, 367 May street, tells of similar good results.
The Wireless Age, August 1921, page 40:

THE auditorium of the Y. M. C. A. in Buffalo was the scene of an interesting demonstration recently of wireless telephony for the purpose of interesting young people in this novel form of communication. The necessary instruments were set up on the stage of the auditorium and a temporary aerial was run from the roof. A number of musical selections were received, played by a Victrola in the home of Professor Charles Klinck, of one of the local high schools. His home is about two miles from the auditorium of the Y. M. C. A. After the musical program, Professor Klinck spoke briefly on several subjects, thus demonstrating the clarity of transmission of the human voice over the radiophone.