Archive for March 1st, 2014

FIRST FM RADIO STATION ON THIS DAY IN 1941

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The WSM transmitter building

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The FM transmitter that operated at 44.7 Mhz.

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On March 1, 1941 W47NV (WSM-FM) began operations in Nashville, Tennessee, becoming the first modern commercial FM radio station. It was in operation for
about ten years, until The National Life and Accident Insurance Company (NL&AI), owners of WSM, realized that few area households had FM receivers and that
its commercial potential was lacking, unlike the company’s television station, WSM-
TV (now WSMV). shut down the FM operations in 1951 and returned the license
to the FCC. The station went back on the air in the late 1950s after an upsurge
in high fidelity equipment.  

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A 1950’s Zenith Bakelite AM/FM radio

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BAND LEADER BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1904

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Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – MIA on December 15, 1944) 

The Swing bandleader, composer, and arranger went Missing in Action 
while on plane flight when performing for U.S. troops in France during
World War II.

 

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Miller was a passenger in plane similar to the above UC-64 Norseman

Glenn Miller military photo
Army Captain  Miller

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ISSUED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1869

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The first definitive series of U.S. postage stamps offered iconic American
pictorial images other than portraits of statesmen (above). The scenes
included the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and even an image
of an American Buffalo. At first the general public disapproved of the
stamps, complaining that the scenes were no substitute for images of
presidents.

A later issue of the stamps presented pictorial images only on the higher-
value stamps, the more commonly used dominations of 12 cents and
lower, along with the traditional portraits. 

    

                    Buffalostamp

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LOOKING BACK AT TODAY IN HISTORY

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Mike Gracia

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Ronald William "Ron" Howard is 60 today

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ACTOR ROBERT CONRAD IS 79 TODAY

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Conrad was a recording artist of pop/rock songs in the early 1960s as
Bob Conrad before he began his acting career. He has hosted a weekly
two hour national radio show (The PM Show with Robert Conrad) on CRN
Digital Talk Radio
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The Wild Wild West was on NBC television from 1965 to 1969

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The NBC series aired from 1976 to 1978

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