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December 25, 2018 4:11 pm  #1

92-Yr.-Old Radio Station Owner May Be The Last Of His Kind

You won't know his name, but he's a character and a pioneer in L.A., who recognized the power of FM long before anyone was really using that frequency. And he literally paved the way for his current radio outlets himself. 

"Like Daniel-Day Lewis in “There Must Be Blood,” Levine bulldozed the land atop Mt. Wilson –which he leased from the U.S. Forest Service for $350 a year — driving the tractor himself.

He acquired a transmitter from a defunct Michigan station for $1,500, had an antenna crafted out of a lead pipe, and bartered commercial time on the yet-to-air station for a $300 flag pole so they could broadcast.

He even built a makeshift studio on the site itself, where an eccentric Seven-Day Adventist-turned-engineer who literally lived off the land kept the station on for as close to around the clock as humanly possible."

A neat little story about a guy who may outlive us all. 

Broadcasting pioneer still at it at age 92