Genius. Corporate intrigue. Suicide. A sea change for an entire industry. No, scratch that: a sea change for an entire culture.
Sounds like the elements of a good book, but they’re just a few of the real-life elements in the discovery of FM radio. The 75th anniversary of Col. Armstrong firing up the first experimental FM station from the famous Alpine tower in New Jersey was last Saturday. The tower, which still stands today (and was pressed into emergency service in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks), once again lit up Armstrong’s original band with a commemorative broadcast at 42.8 FM, with a simulcast on Fairleigh-Dickinson University’s more traditional 89.1 WFDU. Scott Fybush was at Alpine for the broadcast, and has sent along an ID from the show — perhaps the coolest ID we’ve ever had here.
June 11, 2005: 42.8 WA2XMN/Alpine, NJ (and 89.1 WFDU/Teaneck, NJ)
Scott has also written a nice review of the day’s events, and we thank him for sharing!