Broadcast pioneer honored in new Cape Girardeau museum exhibit

The tribute takes you behind the scenes into the history of KFVS and details the accomplishments of Hirsch.

For 95 years, the KFVS call letters have been part of the fabric of America’s Heartland.

In 1924, one of America’s broadcast pioneers, Mr. Oscar C. Hirsch, founded KFVS radio.

Hirsch operated a tiny radio station in his mother’s living room using a homemade 50-watt transmitter and a microphone donated by the Lion’s Club.

30 years down the road, KFVS TV signed on the air in Cape Girardeau.

Today, KFVS is still broadcasting stories southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky thanks to the foundation laid down by Mr. Hirsch.

The Cape River Heritage Museum unveiled a special exhibit as a tribute in honor of Hirsch.

The tribute takes you behind the scenes into the history of KFVS and details the accomplishments of Hirsch.

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About the Museum

Step back in time at the River Heritage Museum, located inside old Cape Girardeau police and fire station, dating back to 1908.

The museum regularly changes its exhibits with interactive and personal presentations.

Organizers say its a great way to familiarize all ages with what life was once like on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Step inside Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from mid-March to mid-December. The museum is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays.