June 20, 1924

Engineer Frank Maddox tested a new 20-watt radio transmitter and made the first broadcast of radio station "3BIY" (the future WDBJ). Ray Jordan, the bookkeeper for Richardson-Wayland Electric Co., first played "Soldier's Joy" on the fiddle.

Several miles away on the Roanoke side of Salem, S.H. McVitty picked up the signal on his radio receiver.

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