Silent Radio Celebrates 50 Years

Jul 13, 2013

Engineer David Andrews (left) and technician Robert Oase (right) are shown by the WWVB transmitter in 1963.
Credit NIST

Wired magazine recently reported, "the most important radio you've never heard," celebrated its 50th birthday.  WWVB, a station that broadcasts from the base of the Rocky Mountains, sends out a signal that keeps Americans on time.  Devices lock onto and sync with the signal.  This invisible piece of infrastructure, you've never tuned in and listened to,  has moved industries from entertainment to telecommunications.