The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

John Sledge Brought Television To County


December 19, 2016

Byron Olney and John Sledge experiment with radio equipment on Caesar's Head, circa 1934-35.

Television, like radio had previously, opened up the world to people across America by providing quick access to news and events. Television added images to the experience. The first television station in the world was W2XB in Schenectady, N.Y., which began operation in 1928.

North Carolina saw its first two commercial television stations in July 1949 when WBTV in Charlotte and WFMY-TV in Greens-boro went on the air. With-in days people in Brevard were able to view Charlotte programming each weekday evening. Brevard businessman John Sledge had been experimenting with radio and televisi...

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