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95: First FM Stereo Broadcast (June 1, 1961)
June 1, 1961

First FM Stereo Broadcast

The FCC authorized stereo FM broadcasting to begin at midnight on June 1, 1961, using a multiplexing system developed by GE and Zenith. WGFM Schenectady, N.Y. (now WRVE) was the first station to broadcast regular programming in stereo at that time. WEFM Chicago (now WUSN) also began stereo broadcasting that day, but given its Central time zone location, it began an hour later.

November 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. To celebrate this special anniversary, we’re shining a spotlight on 100 key moments in radio's history.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating your favorite radio memories throughout 2020. Use the hashtag #Radio100 across social media to share these moments with the world. Here’s to 100 wonderful years of radio, and to at least 100 more!

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