Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 27, 2014

AC history by Enfys McMurry

The Daily Iowegian

---- — AC history by Enfys McMurry

Feb. 27, 1949: On this day, a Sunday, Centerville’s radio station KCOG went on the air for the first time. The scene: A packed Centerville High School auditorium. The time: 3 p.m. At that moment Robert Irwin, the station manager, spoke into a microphone. “Ladies and Gentlemen: this is radio station KCOG at Centerville Iowa.” And so began the station’s uninterrupted 65 year service to this community. Bouquets, telegrams of congratulations arrived with hundreds of best wishes and hopes for the success of the city’s newest public service. Speakers of the day included Robert “Bob” Beck, president of the new station, Charles DePuy and William Porter, his associates. Mr. Beck also introduced Sen. Sherman West of Moulton and Mrs.Willard Archie of Shenandoah who were special guests. (Iowegian Feb. 28 1949)