History of Radio

  • First Credited Radio Signals

    First Credited Radio Signals
    Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, sent and recieved the, argably, first radio signals. Marconi is commonly credited for the event, though this maybe a case of positive PR. Either way, MArconi became a famous inventor and electrical engineer.
  • Lee De Forest's Audion Tube

    Lee De Forest's Audion Tube
    Lee De Forest invents and patents his Audion Tube. It amplifies signals via vacuum. It is argued that a Canadian inventor had the idea first, but De Forest is more commonly given the credit.
  • Radio Act of 1912

    Radio Act of 1912
    President Taft signs the Radio Act of 1912. It madates that all radio stations must be linsense by the Federal Governement. All US sea vessels must monitor distress frequencies at all times.
  • Government Halts All Radio Broadcasting

    Government Halts All Radio Broadcasting
    All amature and commercial radio broadcasting in the US is ordered to stop. The government plans to use radio for militaristic uses due to the entrance of the US in World War !. In fact, during the duration of the war, it became illegal for private US citizens to own an opprational transmitter and/or reciever.
  • 9XM

    9XM, a station at the University of Wisconsin, broadcasts a human voice at large. Not only that, but, for the first time, music was broadcasted regularly. Now, 9XM is refered to as WHA
  • Beginning of WWJ

    Beginning of WWJ
    E.W. Scripps recieves the commercial broadcasting license for WWJ under the call sign 8MK. It is commonly believed to be the first news broadcasting station. Today, it is the only commericial all-news radio station in Michigan
  • KDKA (AM)

    KDKA (AM)
    The world's first commercially lincensed radio station. While the claim of this position is challenged, it continues to use the tag-line "Pioneer Broadcasting Station of the World." Before, it was merely broadcasted independently b engineer Frank Conrad.
  • March of Time

    March of Time
    The very first "news reporters", actors on radio deliever dramatized news of current events through CBS Radio. The dramatizing was new and unheard of compared to the normal, dull news readers and failure of live news casting. These reports include reenactments, which caused unknowing viewer to believe that the voices they hear on the radio are the true voices of the characters.
  • Fireside Chats

    Fireside Chats
    The very first event of President Roosevelt's Fireside Chats. These chats, delievered on both radio and paper, intimately interacts with the citizens of America. Tese earned Roosevelt as one of the US's most beloved presidents.
  • Orchestrated Hell

    Orchestrated Hell
    Ed Murrow begged for a ride on a bombing plane that was headed for Germany during World War II and broadcasted his experiences back to America. The broadcast brought experience of war to families and soldiers back in the lving room. After the run, CBS forbaded Murrow to pull a stunt like such ever again.
  • Beatles

    This is the first day The Beatles, the English rock band, had a radio broadcast of their records. While the band had existed since 1960, records of their music had not been broadcasted until then. The radio caused their famousity to rise even more.
  • NPR

    NPR is also called the National Public Radio. It is bot a privately and publicly funded, non-profit organization. It serves the state as a national syndicator of a network of over 900 public radio stations.
  • CBS

    Now a television broadcasting network, the company started with radio. Founded by William S. Paley, CBS became famous in America. It also became America's second national network.
  • 1XE

    Now known as WGI, it is radio station created by Harold J. Power. It began back in 1977, but, due to the enrance of the US in WWI, it was suspended until 1922. It acts as regular voice and music broadcaster.
  • Barry Gray: Father of Talk Radio

    Barry Gray: Father of Talk Radio
    Barry Gray, DJ at WMCA, decided, one day, to hook up a telephone to the radio network. Broadcasting confersations, Barry Gray introduces the new for of radio show: Talk Radio. This quickly became famous as Gray interviews famous people, such as celebrities.