The REC Radio History Project has completed the latest FCC History Card compilation. This time, 32 stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in surrounding rural communities have been archived back with basic engineering and ownership data which in some cases, dates back to the early 1920s.
From the first days of radio until the late-1970s before the advent of computers, the Federal Communications Commission and its predecessor the Federal Radio Commission kept basic licensing records on 3x5 index cards similar to an old card catalog in a library. As a part of the FCC's move to their current facility in the late 1990s, the cards were transferred to microfilm and subsequently destroyed. Over the past few years, the FCC has made some of these microfilm records available to the general public. Currently, only AM records are available and those are limited to "K" call letters as well as some "W" calls (WA through WF and some WG). This is a project that is on an "time available" basis and with the latest cuts at the FCC, we are not sure how this will impact their conversion of the microfilm to public access.