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Microwave Hookup Marks First Television Year Here

November 17, 1953

Spokane Daily Chronicle

Completion of Pacific Telephone & Telegraph company’s micro-wave link between Spokane and Yakima, a distance of 247 miles, is almost coincident with the first anniversary of KHQ-TV, station officials pointed out today.

The hookup, to tie in Spokane stations with transcontinental telecasts, goes into operation on December 1. It was on December 8, 1952, that engineers threw the switches that put the Inland Empire’s first television station on the air with a test pattern.

Program Started

After the initial telecasts, KHQ-TV presented its first program on the air December 15, with a one-hour film and studio presentation. And on December 20 the station carried its first network program by kinescope.

From that small beginning the station’s schedule has grown to 70 hours’ programming each week.

This time a year ago will be best remembered by KHQ-TV executives as the period of the “battle of the telephones”—with requests pouring in daily for information on the station’s starting date.

Technicians and engineers worked around the clock speeding the installation.

There were such hazards along the way as a delay, caused by wind and fog, in installing the half-mile of coaxial cable to the top of the 826-foot tower. And one of the projectors became mislaid in the holiday express jam and was finally located in California.

But the pieces gradually fell into place and the television transmitter went on the air in advance of the target date of “soon after the New Year.”

Tuesday, November 17, 1953

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