Closing of Station KE2XCC…

A. McCormack’s write up for the closing of Alpine, 1954 March 4, page 1

McCormack, closing of Alpine, 1954 March 4, page 2

McCormack, closing of Alpine, 1954 March 4, page 3

McCormack, closing of Alpine, 1954 March 4, page 4

On March 6, 1954, the first experimental FM station, KE2XCC (W2XMN), at Alpine, New Jersey, went off the air. Armstrong’s station had been broadcasting for over fifteen years– it was the end an an era.

I had come across quite a number of letters written to Station KE2XCC from listeners expressing great loss when the station closed. It should be recognized that for all the years Armstrong broadcast from Alpine, not one commercial was heard by his listeners. This was made possible on his own dime, of course.

I think the letters speak for themselves….

Note for documents seen above: Al McCormack was Armstrong’s longtime attorney and friend.

L.T. Alstrup, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 10

John Burkhart, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 10

D. L. Pace, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 9, page 1

D. L. Pace, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 9, page 2

Albert Willis, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 11, page 1

Albert Willis, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 11, page 2

Alan Cunningham, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 6

D. B. Lucas, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 10

Louise Godley, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 9

Carolyn Bedford, letter to KE2XCC, 1954 March 11

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About Jennifer Comins

I am a project archivist at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library currently processing the Edwin H. Armstrong Papers. Previously I processed the Julius C. C. Edelstein Papers, David N. Dinkins Papers, and Edwin H. Armstrong Papers. I look forward to using this blog to share my processing experiences with archivists, library students, and anyone who may be interested in our work.