Historic Markers Across Florida

WDAE - Florida's First Radio Station

Marker ID:  
Location: Zack & Franklin Streets, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27 57.0    W 082 27.541
  27.95    -82.45901666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


WDAE was the first radio station in Florida to be licensed commercially to operate by the Federal Communications Commission. The license was issued May 15, 1922, to the Tampa Daily Times. It aired its first programs that date from the original studio in the Florida Citrus Exchange Bldg. (now Maas Bros.) Mayor Charles H. Brown in the opening ceremonies called radio "The wonder of the Age that the human voice can be sent broadcast throughout the country."

This was done by the Tampa Historical Society in cooperation with Radio Station WDAE, Robert Rounsaville, owner


City: Tampa, FL