RCS Wireless Technology History:
1950’s – Our modern-day communications systems venture began in 1953 when Nick Reisenweaver, the chief engineer at WSJS television in Winston-Salem, NC began a “sideline” two-way radio business. The booming post-WWII economy helped Reisenweaver successfully grow his organization, as he met the dispatch communication needs of taxis, oil & coal trucks, and other mobile businesses. Obtaining a radio dealership from General Electric, Reisenweaver quickly became one of GE’s top resellers – so much so, that he launched Reisenweaver Communications, Inc., also known as RCS, in 1959, eventually leaving his television engineering position to focus solely on his fledgling wireless communications company.
1960’s – Reisenweaver used his WSJS relationship to acquire radio antenna rights at the tv station’s new Sauratown mountain site, the highest in the region. This, along with rights to the top of Wachovia Bank’s new downtown Winston-Salem office tower, facilitated RCS’s attaining licenses for launching mobile telephone and paging divisions. New radio products with low-maintenance transistors replaced old tube-and-crystal technology, transforming the mobile communications industry. Construction trades, power companies and others took advantage of the practical business efficiencies afforded by the technology advances, causing explosive growth for RCS.
1970’s – Due to poor health, Reisenweaver sold RCS’s divisions. Donald L. “Chuck” Shipton, an RCS employee and radio technology visionary, acquired all the company’s divisions except paging, which was divested to another corporation. RCS also opened offices in Lexington and Greensboro, NC, allowing it to better serve customers throughout the greater Triad region of North Carolina.
1980’s – Under the leadership of Chuck Shipton, RCS experienced exponential growth in the ‘80s. Shipton credited the reaping of such success to a philosophy of charitable giving. With the deregulation of the paging industry, RCS re-launched its paging division, far exceeding its initial business goals.
Many of the regions’ largest organizations became long-term RCS customers during the ‘80s and remain loyal customers to this day. During this time, RCS also acquired inexpensive radio-frequency licenses from the Federal Communications Commission. This would soon prove to be one of the most fortunate purchases the company ever made.