TOM BORGERDING REMEMBERS THE DAY HIS FATHER GAVE HIM A TRANSISTOR RADIO. He was ten years old and remembers listening constantly to baseball games and news from WIL in St. Louis. It was magic, the way such a small box emitted so many familiar and foreign sounds. Reports on WIL brought the news to life with audio of sirens and ambulances, bringing Borgerding “right in the middle of downtown St. Louis with mayhem going on.” This aural storytelling intrigued Borgerding; he wanted to see how radio was being produced. This small gift from his father began a self-proclaimed “love affair with radio.”

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