W1XAY was one of the first television stations in the world, being founded on June 14, 1928. It was called as "WLEX" from its sister radio station, in Lexington, Massachusetts, United States (near Boston), the current day WVEI in Worcester.

"Regular Broadcasts From WLEX in Lexington Will Be Started Within Two Weeks"
The Boston Post May 4, 1928

The television station broadcast on a wavelength of 85.7 meters (3.5 MHz),[1] with 48 vertical lines of resolution, and 18 frames per second. It shut down in March 1930.

The station was owned by the Boston Post, which also owned WLEX.

The WLEX call letters now reside with WLEX-TV, the NBC television network affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky.

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  1. ^ Halper, Donna. "HOW TELEVISION CAME TO BOSTON– THE FORGOTTEN STORY OF W1XAY". Cambridge, Massachusetts: Lesley University. Retrieved 4 May 2018.

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