Buffalo’s first look at TV

       By Steve Cichon
       steve@buffalostories.com
       @stevebuffalo


Excerpt from 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting 


Buffalo’s first television station, WBEN-TV Channel 4, did not officially sign on until 1948. But eight years earlier, Edwards—the department store at Main, Mohawk, and Genesee– hosted Buffalo’s first transmission and reception of “Farnsworth electronic television” signals from inside the store.

Seeing moving pictures on a small piece of glass for the first time must have been some sight, “comparable to the thrill of seeing your first automobile or airplane!”


This page is an excerpt from  100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting by Steve Cichon

The full text of the book is now online.

The original 436-page book is available along with Steve’s other books online at The Buffalo Stories Bookstore and from fine booksellers around Western New York. 

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.