These radio stations don’t play news, talk shows or music. But they do broadcast very, very accurate time signals.

Source: Washington Post
Author: Erin Blakemore

WWV was established as a radio station on October 1, 1919. This paper will observe the upcoming 100th anniversary of that event by exploring the events leading to the founding of WWV, the various early experiments and broadcasts, its official debut as a service of the National Bureau of Standards, and its role in frequency and time dissemination over the past century.

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Author: Glenn K. Nelson

In commemoration of its 50th anniversary of broadcasting from Fort Collins, Colorado, this paper provides a history of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) radio station WWVB. The narrative describes the evolution of the station, from its origins as a source of standard frequency, to its current role as the source of time-of-day synchronization for many millions of radio controlled clocks.

Source: NIST Journal of Research
Author: Michael A Lombardi and Glenn K Nelson

How does one arrive at the exact number of cycles of radiation a cesium-133 atom makes in order to define one second?

Source: Scientific American
Author: Scientific American

WWVH’s chief objective is to broadcast Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) — the official time for the world — throughout the Pacific region. These signals help residents, from Alaska to Australia and from California to China, coordinate, calibrate and synchronize their clocks, networks and equipment, which are vital to telecommunications, internet connections and a wide array of government and consumer services …..

Source: CHIPS Magazine
Author: CHIPS Magazine

Colorado radio station WWVB marks half a century as the nation's official time broadcaster on July 5. Most people aren’t even aware the station exists, but it has a rich and fascinating history. Its future is uncertain, however, as newer technologies threaten to make it obsolete.

Source: Wired Magazine
Author: Joe Hanson