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WOC Radio: Overview

This guide focuses on the World of Chiropractic Radio Station.

Station WOC

  Station W-O-C sheet music cover

Station W-O-C of Davenport, Iowa. Words and music by Nat Ozmon (1923). Original sheet music can be viewed in the Special Collections and Archives.

Opening Hours

The Special Collections & Archives department is located in the Administration Building on the Davenport Campus.

Access to materials and reference assistance is provided in the Reading Room on the first floor (A105).

Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.

Please call (563) 884-5893, or email for assistance.


This Guide

This guide focuses on resources which highlight the World of Chiropractic (WOC) Broadcasting Station. You will find resources which give a general overview of the history of WOC, the materials produced by WOC and Ronald Reagan. The types of materials are listed; books, journal articles, and photographs. The guide is divided into the following pages:

  • Overview
  • General Resources
  • WOC Publications
  • Ronald Reagan



B.J. Palmer purchased the radio station in March 1922, and became part of the Palmer School campus.The station increased its range with the installation of a 500-watt transmitter.

There were reports that international listeners could hear WOC. Programming included local and national news, weather reports, musical shows and educational lectures, many about chiropractic. B.J. Palmer used the radio station to reach out to the community, promoting the ideals of chiropractic.

WOC is best known as being the first commercially licensed radio station west of the Mississippi and for its famous employee, Ronald Reagan, hired in 1932 as a sports announcer.

WOC became WOC-TV and began television broadcasts on October 31, 1949. The Palmers owned the WOC broadcasting station for over 70 years.

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