In the Winter 1970–71 issue, the Journal published an article on radio's technological “pre‐history” which included mention of Kentucky melon farmer and sometime inventor Nathan B. Stubblefield. The following pages offer a more detailed discussion of Stubblefield's experimental work in radio and seek to answer the question of whether he was an important innovator in radio, or just another whose fringe effort contributed little to the mainstream of radio development. Stubblefield's work, much of it before Marconi became active in wireless development, is a good example of the many small‐town American inventors in this field who took out patents and tried to make a commercial success out of something their backers seldom fully understood. Stubblefield's eventual commercial failure is also, unfortunately, typical of the fate of these inventors. Thomas W. Hoffer currently is an instructor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin while completing work on his doctorate.