120 Years: 1930

In 1931, despite the looming Depression, Grand Junction becomes the second biggest retail center in Colorado. Building permits reach more than $41,000 for the year, and Rex Howell broadcasts those successes at Grand Junction’s first radio station, KFXJ. The first studios are located at the St. Regis Hotel in a cozy, living room-type atmosphere. The first broadcast was five hours of singers, musicians and speakers.

Grand Junction High School students learn to become future radio announcers with their radio club.

On the East Coast, the Empire State Building opens in New York City.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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