On the AirApril 27, 2017
The Fort Smith Museum of History holds an opening reception of On the Air, a new permanent exhibit chronicling 50 years of broadcast history of Fort Smith. It also honors longtime broadcaster Carl Riggins, father of the exhibit, for raising more than $25,000 to fund the second floor exhibit and for collecting the wonderful artifacts that make the stories come to life. The inception and development of radio and television is shown through artifacts, equipment and information. In 1922, radio station WNAC was the first broadcast in Fort Smith. In 1953, KFSA TV Channel 22 went on the air at 4:22 p.m. from studios at 920 Rogers Avenue. On the Air is housed in a replica of the former Art Deco-styled Radio Center at 421 Garrison Avenue from where KWHN was broadcast starting in 1947. The exhibit includes dozens of photographs of familiar broadcast announcers, many of whom may attend.
Admission: Museum admission: $7 adults, $5 veterans and military, $2 children, under age 6 free.
Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas