KGEI HISTORICAL DOCUMENT

The KGEI building was alive from 1939 to 1994, and has recently been re-appropriated into a community church. The station was known in it's prime to have had a significant role in creating a bond between the United States and the rest of the world in times of war, and was even recognized by JFK for it.

KPO HISTORICAL DOCUMENT

The historic KPO station (1921-1989) is known to have gone from being an extremely small station that broadcasted only 1 hour a day to being one of the most prominent news stations partnering with the San Francisco Chronicle to provide one of the first ever coast-to-coast broadcasting stations.

An "Abandoned" Landscape;

A Forgotten History.

Redwood Shores,

California U.S.A.

“Radio Road” is a project that aims to bring forward a comprehensive examination of the abandoned landscapes on Radio Road in Redwood Shores, California, and the forgotten history deep within their roots on that land. After having lived walking distance to this space for over 10 years, I have personally never known the space's significance, and have only recently realized how beautifully mysterious the two buildings and the vast space around them are. By presenting both a detailed analysis of the landscape through the use of photography and video, as well as the historical documents of both the KPO and

KGEI stations, I hope to foster the user's creative mind with the willingness to explore, imagine, and make conclusions about the space's current existence in relationship to it's past. Both of these stations have an incredibly expansive history pre-dating World War 2, and have proven to be very key figures in the development of the world as we know it.

The following is a series of photographs from the Bay Area Radio museum. This collection is a rare series of photos revealing the culture of the radio stations, and providing an insider's persepctive on the station and the vast landscape that surrounds it as it existed in the earlier 20th century. These photos serve as an archive of the space as it was still functioning, providing context to it's current sense of abandonement and reappropriation.

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explore the space via youtube

Youtube's annotation editor was used to string together a series of videos in an interactive format. These annotations provide links to other videos on youtube that work together to create an interactive fiction video series. This series of videos gives watchers the ability to explore the radio stations and their surroundings via youtube by giving them the ability to choose the direction in which they walk, and look, around the space. Enjoy your walk.

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an abandoned landscape

still photograph gallery

The photographic series created for radioroad.info aims to highlight the mysterious aspects of the stations, their sense of abandonment, and their existence within our society. The photographs aim to provoke questions from those who view them, sparking a creative mindset when it comes to this space, and feeding the spectator's ability to create opinions, narratives, and conspiracy.

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object of space

A small (semi-destroyed) shack resides roughly 250 steps from the back of the KGEI building. In my years of living in Redwood Shores, I have frequented this little shack because of a box that had caught my eye. Over the years, the box has remained pad-locked, but during this particular visit, the lock was missing. Inside the box, a machine was to be found with a sticker reading "Scientific Instrument, Do Not Disturb." How old is this machine? What does it do? Why is it here?

Project Initiated, implemented, and designed by Matthew Manos

Some of the photography and historical content © bayarearadio.org and John F. Schneider