FM, The New Fangled Fad
And a reminder that what we use or are so accustomed to today isn't even 100 years old yet...
Today in Radio History:
June 14, 1922 WEAR, Baltimore, broadcasts President Harding's speech at the dedication of the
Francis Scott Key Memorial, the first time a U.S. president has been broadcast live.
June 16, 1934 Armstrong transmits FM signal 70 miles from Empire State Building to Long Island
To contrast that, the United States Navy Reserve (USNR) is 100 years old in 2015. I spent 28 years in the USNR +1.5 years augmented to USN, including a total of 15 years on active duty. I go back to Indianapolis after the Hams & Egg Breakfast, put the uniform on again, and have some pictures taken with two other shipmates, one another Commander (female Naval Academy Grad). And Popeye - in every sense of the word, looks, and gruff. I was a (full) Commander (O5). O5s are to be Retired by law "upon completion of 28 years of Commissioned Service." Recalled to Active Duty in 2006, I was extended on Active Duty for one year beyond my mandatory retirement date - virtually unheard of in the Navy. I have 29.5 years of Commissioned Service, she has 33 yrs, both for special reasons. The uniqueness of this is that just three of us, two Commanders + a First Class Petty Officer total 100 Years of Service between the three of us, as much (ahem, as old) as the Navy Reserve is! Not Admirals (limited by the President), or even Captains (who could do a maximum of 30 years), but two Commanders and a (rare, not yet) 40-years of Service Navy sailor.
Point is, "FM radio" is still that 'new-fangled fad (at still less than 100 years old) that will never catch on...', and three of us have a combined Service older than FM radio!!
See ya at Breakfast!