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By Dave Hughes

Here's WTOP's 1500 AM, 50,000-watt transmitter building on University Boulevard in Wheaton. Pictures and descriptions are courtesy of Chris Roth. This page is graphics intensive and may take a few minutes to load.


a downstairs old equipment storage room...


a VINTAGE equipment storage room. Anybody know how to use this stuff? Notice the old call letters – “WTO” – someone forgot the P :-)


more old equipment in the same room. Notice the old rockwell console above – I think everybody in radio has used one of those as some point...


yet even more vintage equipment. WOW!


another storage room with a sign leading to certain death (lotsa volts!)...


this is a “vault door” leading to some of the old equipment in the previous pics...


this is the spiral staircase leading upstairs to the transmitters and other cool rooms...


this is the main staircase leading upstairs...


now on the second floor, anybody care to play some records?


the money shot. This is the area where the WTOP transmitters and equipment racks are....


a script for the Gene Autry show, kept nicely in a photo album. I wish I had enough film to take pictures of all of the photo albums. There must be at least 50...


this is the WTOP announce booth. This thing is TINY! Arthur Godfrey and Sam Donaldson had used this booth at one time...


the inside of the announce booth...


more of the announce booth...


more photo album images...


the 50KW blowtorch, that we know as WTOP...


the older Continental transmitter...


a shot of the ceiling, just because it looks cool :-)


This was sitting on a desk in an office. A nice memory of “Granny”...


The living quarters for an engineer...


This place has living quarters for an engineer, including a nice shower...


inside a closet in the living quarters are these precious old microphones...


the familiar outside sign on University Blvd...


the WTOP 3 tower array...

Addendum..... Scott Fybush provided this picture of the WTOP tower array and transmitter building. He says it was taken in 1996.....