|Event Date:||Event Title:||Event Description:|
|Heinrich Hertz||Heinrich Hertz detects and produces radio waves.|
|Marchese Guglielmo Marconi||Marchese Guglielmo Marconi builds his first radio equipment, a device that will ring a bell from 30 ft. away.|
|Marchese Guglielmo Marconi||Marconi establishes first radio link between England and France.|
|R.A. Fessenden||American scientist R.A. Fessenden transmists human speech via radiowaves.|
|Marchese Guglielmo Marconi||Marconi transmits telegraphic radio messages from Cornwall to Newfoundland|
|Valdemar Poulsen||Valdemar Poulsen patents an arc transmission that generates continuous radio waves, producing a frequency of 100 kHz and receivable over 150 miles.|
|Radio Transmission||First radio transmission of music at Graz, Austria.|
|Marchese Guglielmo Marconi||Marconi invents the directional radio antennae.|
|R.A. Fessenden||First radio program of voice and music broadcast in the U.S. (by R.A. Fessenden)|
|R.A. Fessenden||Fessenden invents a high-frequency electric generator that produces radio waves with a frequency of 100 kHz.|
|Radio Communication||GE develops a 100 kHz, 2 kW alternator for radio communication.|
|Radio Communication||Radio communications gain publicity when the captain of the Montrose alerts Scotland via radio of an escaping criminal.|
|Radio Recievers||The cascade-tuning radio receiver and the heterodyne receiver are introduced.|
|Edwin Armstrong||Edwin Armstrong patents a radio receiver circuit with positive feedback. Part of the amplified high-frequency signal is fed back to the tuning circuit to enhance selectivity and sensitivity|
|Edwin Armstrong||Armstrong develops the superheterodyne radio receiver. The principle for this receiver is the basis for all radio receivers now in use.A 200 kW alternator starts operating at Station NFF, the Naval station in New Brunswick NJ, which was the most powerful radio transmitter of the time.|
|Shortwave Radio||Shortwave radio is developed.
RCA is founded.
|First Licensed Radio Broadcast||KDKA broadcasts the first regular licensed radio broadcast out of Pittsburgh, PA.|
|Contact via Shortwave||RCA starts operating Radio Central on Long Island.
The American Radio League establishes contact via a shortwave radio with Paul Godley in Scotland, proving that shortwave radio can be used for long distance communication.
|WWJ Radio Station||WWJ, an AM station in Detroit, offers the University of Michigan broadcasting rights for extension lectures.|
|Professor Dreese||UM's Professor Dreese submits a proposal for several UM operated stations. His proposal was tabled by the Regents, who were not concerned with radio at the time.|
|Professor Dreese||Dreese instead runs experimental station WCBC as a project in the basement of West Engineering. This project died at the end of the academic year.|
|WWJ Radio Station||WJR-AM offers educational broadcasting spots to the UM. The UM continued to broadcast on WWJ as well|
|Broadcasting TV||A radio statio in NYC, WRNY begins to broadcast television shows.|
|Radio Education||The UM School of Music pursues the idea of radio as education. It taught school band lessons via radio.|
|Edward Armstrong||: Educational programming originating at the UM grows.
The Regents of the UM become interested in radio.
WJR cuts the UM's educational broadcasts for commercial broadcasting. Edward Armstrong patents wide-band frequency modulation (FM radio).
|FM Radio||FM radio is born, but only in mono|
|FM Radio||The FCC sets aside educational/non-profit bandwidth on FM.|
|First FM Station||Columbia University's Radio Club opens the first regularly scheduled FM station|
|FM Radio||The UM decides it needs an FM station, and expresses a commitment to radio broadcasting|
|Television is Created||Television is born. FM is moved from its original home of 42-50 Mhz to 88-108 Mhz to make room for TV.|
|Television||There are six TV stations in the nation|
|UM's First Station||The UM starts its first station, known as Michigan Radiom or WUOM.The Regents publish a mandate for broadcasting.
WOUM is no outlet for studen broadcasting, so student radio clubs form and create small studios in East Quadrangle and West Quadrangle. These studios broadcast on AM to their respective buildings via carrier current.
|New Studio||A small studio is created in the newly-erected South Quadrangle.|
|Transistor Radio||Sony offers a miniature transistor radio. This is one of the first mass-produced consumer AM/FM radios.
The studios in the UM dormitories jorn forces, and "The Campus Broadcasting Network" is born as WCBN-AM.
|Advertising||Advertising is accepted on WCBN-AM.|
|More Radio||The number of radio receivers in the world exceeds the number of newspapers printed daily.|
|First Broadcasting Association||WCBN hosts the first National Association of College Broadcasters.|
|Poem Broadcasted||CBN moves into the new Student Activities Building, and its studios start to become centralized.Allan Ginsberg's controvesial poem, "Howl" is broadcast for the first time.|
|FM is Developing||FCC approves FM stereo broadcasting, which spurs FM development.|
|Stereophonic Sound||United States radio stations begin broadcasting in stereophonic sound.|
|Studios are Completely Centralized||WCBN studios are completely centralized in the SAB. CBN's identity becomes stronger as its programming becomes increasingly eclectic and challenging.|
|FM Transmitter||WCBN starts to think about purchasing an FM transmitter.
FM is deemed necessary to reach off-campus students and the community at large. CBN's audience is a different audience from WUOM's, so there would be no competition.
February: WCBN's Program Director announces that programming will be designed to meet the needs of the audience, not the needs of the air staff.
|WCBN-FM||FM plans are finalized for WCBN. The UM Regents approves plans for WCBN-FM, and building begins.|
|89.5 FM||WCBN-FM 89.5 FM is born, broadcasting at 10 watts.
WCBN-AM is maintained, and adopts a "60's Gold" format.
|Frequency Change||Frequency change for WCBN takes place (from 89.5FM to 88.3FM). The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks is released. "Things change." --Ken Freedman|
|WCBN only Educational?||U-M President Robben Fleming urges that WCBN should be used only for educational purposes and restricted to students only|
|Radio Fundraiser||First WCBN fundraiser is organized by Ann Rebentisch, and raises 5,000|
|18 Hour Song||CBN plays "It's my Party" by Leslie Gore for 18 hours straight the day after Reagan is elected.|
|Disgruntled Staff||FCC complaint against CBN filed by disgruntled staffers. The FCC takes it very seriously but does not level a fine|
|RDS||In Europe, FM radio stations begin to use the subcarrier signal of FM radio to transmit digital data. This RDS (radio data system) is used to transmit messages on display screens to radios.|
|Very Rude||At WJJX (WCBN's AM counterpart), a student DJ is fired for broadcasting a series of racist jokes.|
|Poem Broadcasted||The U-M decides to oust non-students from WCBN.
WCBN airs Allan Ginsberg's Howl.
|Digital Transmitter||In Paris an experimental digital FM transmitter begins operation|
|RDS||In the US, FM radio stations begin to use the RDS already in place in Europe.|