Women in broadcasting ownership

Larry Weil kc1ih@mac.com
Thu Aug 11 22:27:51 EDT 2011

On Aug 11, 2011, at 8:56 PM, Donna Halper wrote:

> On 8/11/2011 7:49 PM, Doug Drown wrote:
>> Brava to the estimable Ms. Zimmerman!
> So, if you are keeping score, in August 1922, the first woman owner was Marie (Mrs Robert) Zimmerman, who put WIAE in Vinton IA on the air.  The next woman owner, in December 1925, was Mary Costigan, a theater owner in Flagstaff AZ who put KFXY on the air. Other women owners inherited their husband's station when he died-- Blanche Virgin (real name, btw) inherited KMED in Medford OR in mid-1928 and continued to run it; Ida McNeil of Pierre SD also inherited when her husband died and ran KGFX from 1927 into the 1940s.  I wrote about a lot of this in my third book, "Invisible Stars:  A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting" back in 2001.

I seem to recall that at one point WPLM may have been owned by a woman who inherited it.  Am I remembering correctly?

Larry Weil
Lake Wobegone, NH

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