Category Archives: Radio
Today in 1935, Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt demonstrated in Daventry, England, that radio waves could be reflected by an aircraft. The experiment, prompted by fears of the development of death rays by Germany, launched a research program into what later will be … Continue reading
Today in 1920, Westinghouse established the first commercial radio station, KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When Harry P. Davis, a Westinghouse executive, saw an ad for amateur radio apparatus describing concerts broadcasts by Frank Conrad, an amateur wireless radio operator, he … Continue reading
Today in 1920, station 8MK (today’s WWJ) in Detroit, Michigan, aired the first radio news program. Today, according to SBD, 45% of listeners in the USA rely on their smart phones to access Internet radio.
Today in 1924, the first broadcast made by King George V was transmitted from the opening ceremony of the British Empire Exhibition. An estimated 10 million people heard the transmission and many events around the country were suspended so that … Continue reading
Today in 1930, according to the BBC, listeners who tuned in to hear the news bulletin on Good Friday were informed: “There is no news.” Piano music followed.
Today in 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed the 1927 Radio Act, creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission (established in 1934).
Today in 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivered the first political speech by a sitting president to be broadcast on the radio.