Herbert "Mac" McClelland and his brother, Harold, built the first radio transmitter in 1918 at Kansas State University. They used Morse code to broadcast the first regularly scheduled weather reports in the nation. They presented the first "voice radio" demonstration in Manhattan, Kansas. After receiving his degree in physics with a minor in music, Mac put himself through the Chicago Conservatory of Music by building, selling and installing radios.
In 1927, Mac saw Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer” the first feature-length talkie. That’s when he knew — sound was the future. He opened a radio shop in Winfield, Kan., before moving to Wichita, where he opened McClelland Sound in 1928.
In the early years, Mac built his own sound systems. He traveled the Midwest operating his systems for fairs, horse races, senatorial campaigns and every type of event that required sound amplification. Over the years, the company has provided sound reinforcement for a wide variety of events and people, including Billy Sunday, Elvis Presley, Ernie Pyle, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Boris Yeltsin, Al Gore, Dick Vitale and Steve Fossett.
Giving back to the community that has supported McClelland Sound is paramount to our culture and mission. Throughout the years, we have provided state-of-the-art sound and video systems for a wide variety of charitable organizations both large and small. By helping their messages reach their target audiences more clearly, we have touched even more lives in our community. Talk with us about how we can help your philanthropic event reach your goals.Read More