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October, 2015
Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women?

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This week on our podcast Fugitive Waves, we hear the story of WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, the first all-girl radio station in the nation. (Listen to Part 1 and Part 2).

Our current intern, Emma Nobel, from Melbourne, Australia, produced a story earlier this year called “Where Are the Women?” about the lack of women’s voices on the air in Australia.

Emma, an emerging (and very talented) radio producer, “started to wonder if there would be room for her on the airwaves.”

Take a listen:
Where Are the Women?

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Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 2

Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 2

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LISTEN: WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 2

An all-girl radio station in Memphis—set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, Vietnam, and the death of Martin Luther King—the story of WHER continues following the women who pioneered in broadcasting as they head into one of the most dramatic and volatile times in the nation’s history.

Listen to Part 1 here.

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Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 1

Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 1

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When Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract in 1955 he used the money to start an all girl radio station in Memphis, TN. Set in a pink, plush studio in the nationss third Holiday Inn, it was a novelty—but not for long. He hired models, beauty queens, actresses, telephone operators. Some were young mothers who just needed a job. WHER was the first radio station to feature women as more than novelties and sidekicks. The WHER girls were broadcasting pioneers. From 1955 into the mid-1970s they ruled the airwaves with style, wit and imagination. “WHER was the embryo of the egg,” said Sam Phillips. “We broke a barrier. There was nothing like it in the world.”