FM radio was born 80 years ago today, forever changing the history of broadcast. After being patented by American electrical engineer and inventor Edwin H. Armstrong in 1937, the first commercial FM radio station debuted two years later in Bloomfield, Connecticut with local station WDRC-FM. Armstrong had discovered a new frequency of radio waves that minimized the static and interference plaguing AM radio at the time. Within a decade, FM radio dominated the air waves, allowing for popular music and entertainment to thrive on the medium.
“It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world, it’s the things people know that ain't so.” — Edwin H. Armstrong, American Inventor and Discoverer of FM Radio —