Alpine, New Jersey: Armstrong Tower - Birthplace of FM Broadcasting

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Alpine, New Jersey - Armstrong Tower - Birthplace of FM Broadcasting

Armstrong Tower, otherwise known as "Alpine Tower", is a 400 foot broadcast tower built by Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio, in 1938. When the World Trade Center collapsed during the terrorist attack of 9/11, Armstrong Tower was briefly used by New York City TV stations to continuing broadcasting. One of the stations that used the tower is WNBC, which is ironic because WNBC is the descendant of the RCA experimental TV station that kicked Armstrong out of the Empire State building, causing him to build the broadcast tower in Alpine. Subsequent legal battles took their toll on Mr. Armstrong, and he later committed suicide by jumping to his death in full coat and hat.

[John T. Collier, 01/10/2008]

Sept. 9, 2013: To our question "Did he jump from his broadcast tower?" Bill Dunning writes: "Despondent over rejection of his invention of FM radio, Major Armstrong took his own life by jumping from the window of his 13th-floor New York City apartment building late at night on Jan. 31, 1954."

Armstrong Tower - Birthplace of FM Broadcasting:
Palisades Pkwy exit 2. Turn right (north) onto US 9W, then make the second left to the tower.

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