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WLBZ began as a "hobby" radio station in 1921. Regular broadcasting began in 1922. The first official licensed broadcast was made from a chicken coop on December 30, 1926 in Dover-Foxcroft. The station moved to Bangor and was purchased by Acton Communications in 1978 and became WACZ. In 1983, the station became WZON when it was acquired by Stephen and Tabitha King.

The collection includes administrative and marketing-related documents dated 1926 through the 1970s. Photographs and publications also document the station's history. A bulk of the records are station traffic logs dating 1931-1957, providing information about programming, promotions, music, and technical data related to operation of the station's transmitter.

Publication Date



Business and Industry, Performing Arts, Social Life and Customs, Science and Technology


Mass Communication | Radio | United States History

Size of Collection

88 boxes (48 linear feet)

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0608

WLBZ Radio Station Records, 1926-2015