Grandson Pete Johnson, Doolittle's daughter
Lydia Johnson, and grandson Paul Johnson
June 25, 2006 several descendants of Franklin
M. Doolittle had the opportunity to visit Meriden Mountain
in Connecticut to see where his early experiments in frequency modulation
broadcasting took place.
conducted his first tests there in 1936, later securing an FM license
for W1XPW in 1938. The station had a succession of call letters
(W65H, WDRC FM and WFMQ) and Doolittle sold
it in April 1956. The current day occupant of the facilities is
WHCN, owned by Clear Channel.
see more images from Meriden Mountain click here.
to view Pete Johnson's web site.
Johnson writes, "There's been some talk about erecting some
sort of historical marker at the base of the original tower and/or
down in the park below, to let people know the role the site played
in the history of terrestrial radio." You can contact Pete
by clicking here.