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The Oakland Educational Society was a religious education group, noted for launching the KFWM Radio Station ("The Golden West Station") in 1925. 1 It was at 1520 - 8th Avenue. The station call letters were changed to KROW in June, 1930, and the station moved downtown in 1936. 4 It was also home to the Oakland branch of International Bible Students, part of which became the Jehovah's Witnesses. 6

Apparently having a radio broadcast antenna next door wasn't great for receiving other radio stations, as the neighbors complained to the city about the interference. 2

In 1929, George and Ella Richardson filed a $50,000 lawsuit after their son was accidentally electrocuted in the generator room. C. J. Madole was the operator of the station. 3

The buildings are still there, and now home to the Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

Links and References

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  1. Seven New Radio Stations Given Broadcast Waves Oakland Tribune July 10, 1925
  2. Protests of KFWM Neighbors Go to U.S. Oakland Tribune May 23, 1929
  3. Judge Ponders Briefs In $50,000 Death Suit Oakland Tribune August 30, 1929
  4. KROW Radio on Bay Area Radio Museum
  5. International Bible School History San Jose
  6. Bible Student movement on Wikipedia

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