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Dedicated in memory of
July 1922, Leslie L. Altman starts the Bradbury Heights Bus
Line to Washington with 2 buses. Its garage & offices were
located at 1510 Southern Avenue in SE, DC.
In 1926 it incorporates as the Washington, Marlboro and Annapolis
(WM&A) Motor Lines, Inc.
bus line grows and on December 6, 1941 opens its new garage &
office building at 4421
Southern Ave, SE, DC.
Federal Communications Commission grants a construction permit
for a new FM station to the Chesapeake Broadcasting Company, Inc.
in late 1947 to build and operate a station on 96.7 megacycles
at Bradbury Heights, Maryland, "just over the District of
dealer Arthur Baldwin Curtis was President of Cheasapeake Broadcasting
which selected and was granted WBUZ-FM as call letters for the
1KW station. By the end of the year, the station was authorized
to use 420 watts Effective Radiated Power.
transmitter and 255 foot tower were located at Bradbury Heights
while studios & offices were installed in the WM&A building
at 4421 Southern Ave.
in SE, DC.
independent station originally announced a target date of January
1, 1948 but delays caused by the failure of some equipment to
arrive postponed WBUZ-FM's airdate to January 18th.
& General Manager
of WBUZ-FM was Leslie L. Altman, President of the WM&A Bus
Line. Al K. Porter was Vice President & Commercial Manager
of the new station, "the first all Gates-equipped station
in the Washington, DC area".
hour were from 7:00AM until 12 midnight daily. In late 1948, Leslie
L. Altman was named President of the Chesapeake Broadcasting Co.
while continuing as WBUZ-FM's General
early 1949, WBUZ-FM was 'transitcasting', programming recorded
music into buses of the WM&A line. Another 'transitcaster
in the DC area was WWDC-FM.
Chesapeake Broadcasting Co. is reorgnized in 1950. For a consideration
of $1,300, 22.24% interest is acquired from A.C. Connelly by President
& General Manager,
Leslie L. Altman. The FCC sanctioned this transfer on August 14th,
1959, the Washington, Marlboro & Annapolis Bus Line is sold
to an employee group and founder Leslie L. Altman retires to Florida.
Bus Line founder, Chesapeake Broadcasting Co. President and original
WBUZ-FM General Manager, Leslie L. Altman dies in Florida.
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