Asheville World of Radio Exhibit
WPVM Studios / 34 Wall St. In Downtown Asheville
WPVM, Asheville’s oldest community radio station, presents “Asheville World of Radio”—a museum-quality exhibition of vintage radios and radio history memorabilia. Adding to its appeal, the exhibit is located in one of downtown Asheville’s historically significant Public Service buildings—and one of its first skyscrapers—inside the station’s broadcast studio above historic Wall Street.
Members of the public can reserve a spot in small-group tours for a delightful “back to the future” experience to learn about the medium that changed the world, the medium described as “the theater of the mind”~~ Steve Allen. The collection of artifacts in WPVM’s exhibition—carefully researched and artfully curated—connects visitors through an entertaining historical progression of radio technology ending in our state of the art broadcast studio which connects the modern era of digital broadcasting on the airwaves and the internet.
Exhibition guests will have the unique opportunity to take a walk through history guided by stories and sounds of our heritage—all heard through a retro-fitted Art Deco 1938 Spartan radio. From yodeling folk singer Jimmie Rodgers to President Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” to episodes of “Gun Smoke” they’ll hear clips of significant radio news reports, entertainment events, and music—including regional mountain music—from WPVM’s extensive vintage collection.
For a take-home souvenir, visitors end the radio history experience with a chance to make their own audio/video recording inside the WPVM FM103.7’s state of the art broadcast studio. www.WPVMfm.org
Visitors to the World of Radio Tour have the following two options and schedule to select from:
- Guided tour of ” Asheville World of Radio”
- Free and donations to the station are deeply appreciated.
- Guided tour of “Asheville World of Radio” artifacts plus live interview in WPVM’s state of the art broadcast studio. You will receive the live interview file between you and your guests or conducted by WPVM’s staff (audio and video)loaded onto Youtube, smartphone or tablet, or we will send the file via email.
- Cost: $10.00 additional charge per person.
Tours are available in a one-hour time block on the following days and times:
- Friday 2:00 -5:00 pm
- Saturday 2:00 – 5:00 pm
- Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Please select the date you would like to book for your tour of World of Radio, then use the form below to check out. You may use any major credit card.
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