By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

WPNF Was First Commercial Radio Station


Last updated 12/5/2016 at 6:42pm

For about 40 years WPNF was located on the Asheville Highway, near the current Ingles.

Radio broadcast experiments began in the early 1900s and became practical by 1920. Amateur radio enthusiasts all across the country could obtain experimental licenses to broadcast at very limited ranges.

The first commercial broadcasting station in the U.S. was KDKA in East Pittsburgh, Pa. The first licensed broadcast was the results of the 1920 presidential election between Warren Harding and James Cox.

In North Carolina three men trained in electronics and who worked for General Electric, Westinghouse, and Southern Bell created a partnership and started the state's first commercial s...

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