First Marker:Site of World's FirstCalifornia Registered Historical Landmark No.952
Broadcasting StationOn this corner stood the Garden City Bank Building, where Charles D. Herrold established Station FN, the first radio broadcasting station in the world. As a pioneer in wireless telephony (radio), Herrold established the first station in 1909 to transmit radio programs of music and news to a listening audience on a regular basis.
World's First Broadcasting Station
FN - 1909 · KQW - 1921 · KCBS - 1949On this site in 1909, Charles D. Herrold founded a voice radio station which opened the door to electronic mass communication. He conceived the idea of "Broadcasting" to the public. And his station, the world's first, has now served Northern California for half a century.
Plaque dedicated on April 3, 1959, the Golden Anniversary of radio broadcasting, by San Jose State College Undergraduate Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi in cooperation with KCBS and American Trust Company.