TEXAS’ FIRST RADIO STATION:
WRR RADIO CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
WRR was the first licensed broadcast station in Texas and one of the nation’s five inaugural stations. Operated by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, WRR is an integral component of the City of Dallas’ commitment to providing access to arts opportunities to its residents, as well as to the nearly eight million residents of North Texas. WRR was the brainchild of inventor Henry Garrett, a Police and Fire Signal Superintendent for the City of Dallas, who envisioned radio as the modern way for firefighters in the field to communicate.
Today, WRR is the only commercial classical music format radio station in Texas and is the oldest same-owner station in the U.S. With a tower in Cedar Hill, the 100,000 watt station’s listening area spans 100 miles in any direction. WRR continues to build on its legacy of innovation and firsts and is attracting a new breed of internet listeners via streaming at wrr101.com.
A visual history or WRR is currently on display in the North Texas Room, at the Hall of State at Fair Park.
The Hall of State is currently under renovation. Exhibits are currently viewable by appointment only. Please call (214) 421-4500 to schedule a visit.