Central Technical Institute Kansas City, Missouri,    CTI,  W9XALTelevision, W9XBY , Midland radio and television school,  Camp Crowder, Missouri  electronic school  

  First National Television School, Midland Radio & Television Schools, Central Radio and Television School,  Central Technical Institute, Central Institute of Technology..

Central Technical Institute

1931 to 1969   when it was sold to
Bell & Howell and eventually became DeVry
Kansas City, MO


A note from the webmaster, This web is being updated all the time ,  when I first put this information on the web I really didn't have many details, then
by accident I found a copy of  'THE CENTRALIAN" so I thought I would add that info,  then I knew I still had my study books,  when I went to get a few
to take a picture of, I found a 1968-69 catalog about CTI, where most of this history is extracted, and pictures of the instructors.    
NOW         Added Sept 2020  the Missouri Institute of Technology 50-Yr Commemorative Publication PDF provided by  C.L. Fosters  daughter..
It's a treasure of History,  Its a PDF, download it and enjoy.
So there is a lot of new info presented in that PDF document  for Historical purposes,  
I've typed the History of the school, so search engines like google will find it,     If you have any class Pictures,  other information you would like presented
please email me at john.wilson.k0ip@gmail.com

Central was founded in 1931 by a group of  officials then associated with the Columbia Broadcast System (CBS) , the Kansas City Power and Light Company, and the Midland Broadcasting Company of Kansas City.  Originally known as  FIRST NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHOOL, the Institute constructed and operated the first television station west of Chicago to broadcast on a daily schedule, telecasting up to 90 miles form Kansas City.  The mechanical television broadcasting and receiving equipment used in the pioneering days of 1932 was crude and inefficient compared to modern electronic systems now employed in Central's training laboratories. Experimental Television Station  W9XAL originated several programs in the studios which fed into the Columbia Broadcasting System's radio network. Ted Malone, John Cameron Swayze
and Count Basie were a few of the early day performers.

In 1934 the school was granted one of the three first "Hi-Fidelity" commercial  broadcast station permits by the FCC. On 1530 Kilocycles, W9XBY pioneered the development of  high fidelity radio broadcasting, using resident students as operating engineers and home study students as  "listening posts." Om 1937  the Institute was incorporated as the MIDLAND RADIO AND TELEVISION SCHOOL and was owned exclusively by the Midland Broadcast Company, also owners of radio station KMBC in Kansas City. The success of the Institute for training highly qualified broadcast technicians spread to the commercial airlines and in 1936 courses were offered in airline ground radio operation.

At the beginning of World War II , the Institute occupied the top four floors of the Kansas City Power and Light Building plus additional classrooms and laboratory space in the Keystone building at 1420 Main Street. Resident and home sturdy enrollment was then approximately 1,400 students. During the war years courses for civilian men were discontinued and full effort was devoted to the training of 23,000 enlisted men and women for the Army Signal Corps. Two additional schools war opened for this purposes, one in Athens George, and a second school in Kansas City whose facilities were devoted exclusively to the training in of high-speed radio operators for the Midwestern Signal Corps Training Center , Camp Crowder, Missouri

The Institute purchased its own building at the corner of 17th and Wyandotte Streets, in 1943. The building was formerly known as the Webster School, and was used for the "Quality Hill" section of the city. After complete rehabilitation, the new training quarters were opened for students in 1944. In 1945 the present administration purchased the Institute form the Midland Broadcasting Company and changed the name to CENTRAL RADIO AND TELEVISION SCHOOL. During the same year an office building was acquired directly across Wyandotte Street form the school building.  Home study and resident enrollments were expanded beginning in 1945 and training courses were offered in nearly all areas of technical electronic.

Central was one of the founding members of the National Council of Technical Schools in 1944. This organization is recognized as one of the leading associations of quality technical institutes in the United States, dedicated to the purpose of maintaining high standards of college-level technical instruction. In 1949, Central's resident Engineering Technology curriculum was accredited by the Engineers'  Council for Professional Development. In keeping with the recognition acquired by the Institute in industry and with nation educational organizations, the name was changed in 1953 to CENTRAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE to better express the broadening aspects of Central's educational programs,

a note from the webmaster,   in Sept 2020  I was contacted by
C. L. Foster's daughter,  she provided a lot of history,
Missouri Institute of Technology  50 year commemorative publication.  ITS a PDF and contains many details that were left out of the
1968-69 Bulletin ,
shown down the page

Webmaster: Being a Veteran and from Shawnee,  and a bit interested in what must have gone at the school during WW2. and in Kansas City. its almost mindless !!  see picture just below,  WOW,  This picture and lots more details about WW2 are in the  pdf link just below...

23,000  military trainees    HERES the Link to get the PDF ... 
Take a look,  it has a very extensive history of the school..


There were several study directions one could go, but the major training at CTI , as far as I'm concerned, was BROADCASTING.
we really learned a lot about transmitters, and every little detail of the NTSC TV system.  Many graduates did go into
broadcasting,  likewise, many didn't, including me.    if you can supply me with info, I will put it at the bottom of this page
email  wa0dyu((at))gmail.com

73  KIP


CTI Postcard
here's another post card,   they did not train Airline Hostess's when I went there, must have been before 1965 ??

all the old buildings in that part of town have been bulldozed.  and in the picture just below you can see the very impressive
Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts..   All very upscale !

Its now called the Webster House  , some very interesting information is available at this link https://websterhousekc.com/about-us/
the last picture on their page should scowl with many pictures,   In the KC Star it was announced on22 April 2020  the Webster house will close , 
that link might not take you anywhere

added June 2019:  The CTI building, is no longer an electronics school, it's a fancy restaurant and antique store... The Webster House
occupies one of the oldest public school buildings in Kansas City. The Webster School officially opened in January 1885 and closed in 1932. More than
100 years later, proprietor Shirley Bush Helzberg carefully restored the historic building to its present beauty. The Webster House is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places and has won many awards for restoration.  (webmaster) and from the looks of all the great pictures on their web
it must have cost a small fortune to restore. 

Webmaster's comments: I did attend CTI in 1965-1967,  graduated,   went to work at Bendix in KC,  BUT the draft board knew my name
and to avoid the draft I joined the USAF,  I really never  moved back to Shawnee. Thanks to CTI, and my hobby of Amateur Radio,   I ByPassed going
to the the USAF School,  I got a great job a PMEL technician, Precision Measurement Equipment Lab, we repaired and calibrated test equipment.
The Airforce took me around the world, Florida, Thailand, Viet Nam, California and NATO in Holland.  After I was discharged,
I stayed and worked in Holland for Elektor Publishers in Holland for about 2 years after my discharge. I was on the English Editorial Staff. 
Uitgeversmaatschappij Elektuur B.V.   Beek  (L)   The Nederland's.   https://www.elektuur.nl/

Then almost by accident, and because I was a Ham Radio person ,   I landed a great Job with  Union Pacific Railroad. 
I got to retire when I was 60,  mostly worked on data equipment eventually           I was a project engineer installing LAN networks. 

Webmaster:   I'm in the very middle,  center row 5th from the left

from the webmaster,    hello everyone,
glad to know this page gets googles attention,   heres a letter from another CTI graduate and his class picture

NOW Some info from John Milford

For some reason I did a Google search this morning on CTI and up popped your website.    I see you graduated in March of 1968. 
 I graduated in December of 1968.  You went into the USAF after school, I was in the USAF before school.   I see you have the
same degree as me, EET, but I dont remember any classes in broadcasting.  I went on to work for Bell Labs in Chicago for the
next 10 years.  At the labs I learned that electronics technology was not the love of my life, software programming was.    I made
a career out of programming and project management.  I will always feel very fortunate to have gone to CTI even though I really
didnt use anything they taught me, except perhaps some of the programming skills I learned in class with Basic.   Like you, I never
returned to KC after graduating even though I was born and raised there.

I dont have any new information for you on CTI for the website, just thought Id drop you a line.   I didnt recognize anyone else
in your class, but I dont remember seeing upperclassmen very much anyways.  There was a break room downstairs somewhere
as I recall, but all I remember there are my own class mates and the chance to smoke (I quit a few years later). 

 I attached a picture of my class.  As you can see the classes were getting smaller.  We may have been one of the last classes to
graduate before DeVry bought them.   I am third from the left standing.
       John Milford
John's email is  jsm4343((at))gmail.com


From  KGY   George Yantis,  seated 3rd from left ..  George worked at King Radio from graduation until he retired,   


This added  13 DEC 2020

Hi John
I ran across your CTI web page the other day and thought I would send you another class picture. I attended Central the same years you did and vaguely
remember seeing you from your class picture. I was a class or two ahead of you having done my Air Force time before rather than after Central. I graduated
in July of 1967 and went to work for Collins Radio Co. as an engineering lab technician. I worked as a lab tech for about 9 years and then as a design
engineer for another 25 years.  I retired in 2001. I recognize some of the faces in your class picture but can't remember the names.
In the Air Force he worked for three years at Spangdahlem AB Germany,  On F-105 fire control systems.
Attached is the class picture of class EET 665, July1967. I am in the back row, third from the left.
--...   ...--
Leroy Umscheid  KIXH  ex DL4JN


NOW here is a good one from the Past  Midland Radio CLASS  M67A           July 17, 1943          (front and back , with all the class names and their home town's)
Picture provided by Stephanie Glotfelty  Whos great uncle is Henry Rajchel of Milwaukee,,  second row up and second from the right

Heres a list of names for this picture,    I wonder where all these guys wound up in WW2..                                Click the pictures to download a bigger picture with more resolution


By the 1970's the name changed   here's diploma from Shermie who credits  CTI to his many interesting and successful jobs..



Also we got some encouraging words from Warner Schler class of 862  employed by TWA and American Airlines.. WAPYW



AND NOW A WORD from Don Cochran , in Gardner Ks

Thanks for the time on the phone today. I enjoyed the visit and hearing about some of your background.
As I said on the phone, I graduated from CTI in 1968. My class number was 966 (September 1966 start month).
It was an exceptional school and I can honestly say it along with Amateur Radio and being a pilot shaped
my career in aviation electronics.

I was licensed in 1964 as WNJOW and later that year passed the General class exams at the FCC office
in Kansas City, MO to become WAJOW. In 1971 I passed the Advanced class exam at the FCC office in New York City.

After graduating from CTI in the Fall of 1968, I went to work at Collins Radio Co. in Richardson, TX. My
job was as an electronics technician in their Antenna R & D lab. This job lasted less than a year and ended
when I enlisted in the Army in the Spring of 1969. Following my training in Radio Wave Propagation at the
Army Signal School at Fort Monmouth, NJ, I was assigned as an instructor in the same class from which I graduated.

While working for Collins Radio Co. I became a private pilot and in latter years used the GI Bill to obtain a
Commercial pilots license with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

After the Army, I continued working in the aviation electronics industry until I retired in 2017. My employment was
with a number of companies all in the Kansas City metropolitan area on the Kansas side.
These included King Radio Co., Wulfsberg Electronics, JcAIR, Goodrich, Airport Systems International and ending
with Airfield Technology. In the course of work, I did a lot of domestic and international travel that took me around
the USA and to 40 plus countries. All of the travel was technical support work and was made possible by the education
at CTI, being an amateur radio operator and a pilot. It was a fantastic career for a farm boy from East Central Kansas.

73's   Don WAJOW






Below, ,click for full size ,,


A note about these pictures ,, if you need them bigger,  Generally by right clicking them and saving them they are much bigger.







Work Books,   there were lots and lots  of these,,        from mid to late 1960's 

unknown graduation class ??

Heres some old Airline Career books  

Heres a sample from just after WW2