Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Cambridge School of Radio


The Cambridge School of Broadcasting was a private chain of trade schools specializing in broadcasting. Inexplicably none of it's branches ever seems to have operated in Cambridge. One source notes that they had schools in Chicago and Philadelphia but I've found no record of them yet. More here.

The Cambridge School of Broadcasting in New York City was active in 1949-1956. I found a record of their head instructor in 1949 named as Alfred Schneider. In 1949 Billboard listed him as departing for a gig at WOR-AM. It seems impossible but this seems to predate the opening of the main campus in Boston. More here.

The Cambridge school of Radio & TV Broadcasting located at 489 Boylston street, Boston. It was founded in 1951 as Cambridge School of Business. Within 2 years it was advertised at  the Cambridge School of Radio Broadcasting. It became Grahm Junior College in February 1968. It had previously been a secretarial school and was taken over by Milton Grahm who added the broadcasting curriculum. Comedian Andy Kaufman actually attended the school in that era. It was later located at 18 Tremont Street,120 Boylston Street and then lastly at Kenmore square. They moved to 687  Boylston street around 1961. The Boston campus even had a college radio station. It was known as WCSB. It was still operating at least as late as 1973. (It had no connection to the real WCSB at Cleveland State University.) The school filed for bankruptcy in 1977, and the school closed in 1979

However, there was once a radio school actually at Cambridge. The Harvard Radio School of Cambridge first opened in April of 1917.  The school ended up at Harvard because the radio school the Navy was operating at the Brooklyn Naval yard had run out of space. They started in 1917 with 100 students by the time they ramped up to 400 there was no room left at the inn. Harvard took on 830 students who took over Peirce and Perkin's halls, the Hemenway gymnasium and Memorial hall. By 1919 they had 3,400 students with the school operating in shifts to accommodate them all. Students graduated at a rate of over 150 a week. Between August 1917 and January 1919 they graduated 8,400 new radio men. More here.