Did you ever wonder why television never had Channel 1? Why it started at Channel 2? Or why we have both AM and FM stations? The answers center on the life of Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor who gave us wideband FM and the vital components of virtually all telecommunications equipment in use today. In 1935, an amateur radio operator transmitted various sounds to a group of radio engineers gathered in New York City. The sounds included the crumpling of paper, water pouring into a glass, a Sousa march, Oriental gongs and a Mozart piano piece.