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A history brush-up on the inventor of the FM radio

Radio host Glenn Beck delves into the life of Edwin Howard Armstrong, famous American inventor, best known for his work in developing FM radio.

It’s no secret that the history and nostalgia of the old time, crackling radio runs deep in Glenn, not just for the way it revolutionized entertainment, but also its positive impact on freedom of speech over the last century.

If it wasn’t for Armstrong, the history a communication would have been much different, and likely less advanced.

In Glenn’s signature story-telling style, he leans forward in his chair and tells Armstrong's story with all the excitement of a showman.

“But at 14 years old, our hero, he wants to become an inventor and is inspired by (Guglielmo) Marchoni,” Glenn says. “And Marchoni has just started sending messages across the Atlantic. Now think of that! It would take months just a few decades before, months to get across the Atlantic… But you could send a message across the Atlantic instantly now that Marchoni was there.”

“Howard, at 14 years old, started to build his own crystal sets. That’s what they were called. They had a little crystal that helped them tune in the radio. They were basically radio sets.”

Watch Glenn tell the rest of Howard’s historically important story on TheBlaze TV.

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