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Merlin Hall Aylesworth was a young Colorado lawyer, just three years out of Denver University's law school and 25 years old, when he got his appointment as attorney of Larimer County in 1911. Then his interest began to swing from law, toward business. In 1918 he resigned his post to become vice president of Utah Power & Light Co.

About that time broadcasting put on long pants, became a full-fledged business. When Radio Corp. of America organized National Broadcasting Co. in 1926 to give radio its first coast-to-coast hookup, its directors picked Merlin Aylesworth as NBC's first president.

Radio's Aylesworth held his...

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