Category Archives: Radio
The King’s Speech
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
The Day The News Died
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.
This Day In Information: Federal Radio Commission
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).
This Day In Information: Silent Cal on the Radio
Today in 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivered the first political speech by a sitting president to be broadcast on the radio.
This Day In Information: First Nationwide Radio Hookup in the U.S.
Today in 1924, John Joseph Carty, Chief Engineer of AT&T, spoke on the first nationwide radio hookup in the United States.
This Day In Information: Phonograph Patent Application
Today in 1877, Thomas Edison applied for a patent for a Phonograph that uses tin foil cylinders to write and playback music. Steven Lubar in InfoCulture: “With the invention of the phonograph, music had changed. It had become a commodity, … Continue reading
This Day in Information: First Audio Radio Transmission
On this day in 1900, Reginald Audrey Fessenden said into a microphone: “Is it snowing where you are, Mr. Thiessen? If it is, telegraph back.” His voice, radiated from a 50-foot antenna on Cobb Island in the Potomac River, Maryland, … Continue reading
This Day In Information: Wireless Transmission
Today in 1901, Guglielmo Marconi succeeded in transmitting the letter “S” (in Morse code) via radio telegraph from a transmitter at Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to a receiver in Newfoundland. There was no independent observer present and there were many … Continue reading
This Day in Information: “Radio Music Box”
Today in 1915*, David Sarnoff, Chief Inspector for The Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America wrote to his superiors: “I have in mind a plan of development which will make radio a ‘household utility’ in the same sense as the piano or phonograph. … Continue reading