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New TV Station Plans Inaugural on Sunday Night

October 29, 1954

Spokane Daily Chronicle

Spokane’s third television station, KREM-TV, is scheduled to go on the air with an inaugural program at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Louis Wasmer, owner and operator, said today.

Regular telecasts, he said, are to start Monday with programming from 3 p.m. until midnight daily.

KREM, whose studios and transmitter are on Moran Prairie, is a three-way station, embracing TV, radio and frequency modulation, the latter particularly adapted to high fidelity musical programs.

Wasmer was granted TV Channel 2 by the Federal Communications Commission last March. Since that time he has installed a 749-foot combined radio, FM and television tower along with a modern studio building particularly adapted to TV production.

Wasmer said more than $600,000 already has been spent on the project. A definite schedule of programs will be announced later, he said.

KREM-TV went on the air with test patterns early this week.

“The results have been excellent,” Wasmer said. “We’ve had favorable reports from as far away as Nez Perce, Idaho, and Walla Walla.”

Spokane’s other two television stations are KHQ-TV, Channel 6 and KXLY-TV, Channel 4.

Friday, October 29, 1954

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