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Early Television Stations

W9XAA, WCFL Chicago

The first television station in Chicago was W9XAA, which went on the air in 1928. It was the television arm of what was then the Chicago Federation of Labor’s WCFL radio. On June 19th, 1928, the station broadcast the head and shoulders of E. N. Nichols, the secretary of the Chicago Federation of Labor. U. A. Sanabria headed the television broadcasts, which were from Navy Pier. The station was built by A. J. Carter. Sanabria later started W9XAO and Western Television, which probably made more mechanical television sets than any other company in the United States. For more information, see Chicago Television History and William Parker's article. Here is a recent article about Labor TV in Chicago.

WCFL's television equipment - June 12, 1928. M.L. Hayes at miccrophone; U.A. Sanabria and Virgil Schoenberg giving the demonstration. Here is a WCFL correspondence course lesson describing their television work.

The following articles are from WCFL Radio Magazine, published in the fall of 1928, announcing the introduction of television.

WCFL Is on the Air with Television Programs

Explaining the Mysteries of Television