Radio Nerd Spotlight | First U.S. Woman to Run a Radio School.
Our first Radio Nerd Spotlight feature goes to a badass in radio history, Mary Texanna Loomis. Mary was the first woman in the United States to run a radio school, the Loomis Radio School, located in Washington, D.C. Not only that, she wrote a textbook about radio in 1927 called 'Radio Theory and Operating for the Radio Student and Practical Operator.' The book was named as one of the "most comprehensive volumes in its field" by Radio Broadcast Magazine.
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Mary spent up to 15 hours a day teaching students everything about radio. She offered two programs, a six month course which would provide you with a radio licence and a four year course in broadcast engineering. The school callsign was W3YA.
Her training lab was full of equipment that she built herself and she was tough on her all-male students, saying, "No man can graduate from my school until he learns how to make any part of the apparatus. I give him a blueprint of what I want him to do and tell him to go into the shop and keep hammering away until the job is completed."
MARY TEXANNA LOOMIS TEACHING RADIO
Later in life, she found out she was related to Dr. Mahlon Loomis who was credited as the first to send wireless signals in 1865. She was incredibly intelligent speaking multiple languages; English, Italian, French and German. Mary retired in 1938 in San Francisco and died in 1960 at age 80.
MARY IN HER WORKSHOP