Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 22, 1935 -- W-G-N Radio Opens New Headquarters

September 22, 1935 – In the six hours that the Chicago Tribune opened the doors of the new home of its radio station, 4,368 people tour the facilities.  Over 500 visitors fill out forms for a chance to gain admission to the auditorium when future performances begin.  The paper described the new digs in this way, “The lighting effects, the sharp slant of the auditorium for purposes of better vision, the richly covered, deep cushioned seats and the sound proofed walls attracted appreciative comments.”  [Chicago Daily Tribune, September 23, 1935]  The building just to the north of Tribune Tower was laid out or “squared off” with Polaris, the north star, as a sighting point, an innovative approach that allowed a variance of about an eighth-inch along the building’s frontage on Michigan Avenue.  On October 5 the auditorium opened with two orchestras entertaining all of the workers who had labored on the building, along with their families.  Colonel Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher of the paper, told them, “This victory of peace has a sadness for me, for it means I must part from the men I have watched at this building for the last year and a half . . . You have piled stone on stone, color on color, and joined wire to wire.  You have built here, forever, something that your children will thank you for.  You leave me with emotion.  God bless you and be with you always.”  [Chicago Daily Tribune, October 2, 1935]

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