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N.Y. AES Notes 75th Anniversary of FM

Recalls Maj. Armstrong's demo, also in New York, in 1935

Radio history buffs will be intrigued by a meeting in January of the New York section of the Audio Engineering Society.

It explores the 75th anniversary of FM broadcasting, dating to the public demonstration of FM by Major Edwin Armstrong at an Institute of Radio Engineers meeting, also in the Big Apple, that took place in November of 1935.

Organizer David Bialik, who helped produce a similar panel five years ago marking the 70th anniversary, said anyone involved in professional audio is welcome to this event, which will be held Tuesday Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearst Corporation Tower’s Joseph Urban Theater on Eighth Ave. in New York.

Participants include Steve Hemphill of Solid Electronics Laboratories, Herb Squire of DSI RF Systems Inc. and Scott Fybush of Northeast Radio Watch.

“Major Armstrong was one of radio’s legendary figures,” Bialik writes. “Inventor of super heterodyne and FM, the Major fought for years to enforce the patents on his creations — a struggle which lasted until his death in 1954. Herb Squire of DSI RF Systems will examine why Major Armstrong’s Yankee Network delivered a higher quality of audio then other networks of the day. Demonstrations will be played. Scott Fybush, editor of Northeast Radio Watch, will look at some of the improvements of FM broadcasting since Armstrong.”

Info is here.