History of Radio

  • Idea of the Radio

    Idea of the Radio
    Nikola Tesla, a Serb who moved to the US, had the theoretical model for the radio. Tesla tried to accuse Marconi in court in 1915. In 1943, the court review the decision and acknowledged Tesla as the inventor even though he didn't actualy build it.
  • Nathan B Stubblefield

    Nathan B Stubblefield
    Nathan B. Stubblefield, a farmer from Murray, Kentucky, made a voice transmission four years before Marconi transmitted radio signals.
    Had his buddy walk some distance and when he almost made it to where he was going, he heard "HELLO RAINEY!" coming loudly out of the reciever.
  • Invention of the Radio

    Invention of the Radio
    An Italian inventor by the name of Guglielmo Marconi, invented the Radio. In 1895, he was the first to sucessfully send and recieve the first radio signal.
  • J C Bose

    J C Bose
    Indian scientist J.C. Bose demonstrated the radio transmission in 1896 in Calcutta in front of the British Governor General. The transmission was over a distance of three miles from the Presidency College and Science College in Calcutta.
  • Audion Tube

    Audion Tube
    It is widely believed that Reginald Fessenden was the original inventor for the audion tube, but did not recieve credit. Instead, Lee de Forest "borrowed" the idea for it in 1906 and took the credit. An audion tube is a vaccum that amplifies sound.
  • First Song on the Radio

    First Song on the Radio
    Reginald Fessendena, a Canadian inventor, used the alternator-transmitter to send out a short program from Brant Rock. It included a phonograph record of Ombra mai fu (Largo) by George Frideric Handel, followed by Fessenden himself playing the song O Holy Night on the violin.
  • US Speed on Licensing

    US Speed on Licensing
    Compared to most other nations, the United States was slow to regulate radio communication. International issues were dealt with by conferences held in Berlin, Germany in 1903 and 1906, followed by a London convention in 1912. The U.S. issued limited shipboard regulations in 1910, but did not implement comprehensive regulations and station licencing until 1912. Later this brought baout the FRC in 1927.
  • Radio Stations

    Radio Stations
    The first radio Station was made in 1920 and was narrarated by Frank Conrad. The station's name was later changed to KDKA. The sation is still around today and is located in Pittsberg, Pennsylvainia.
  • Radio Commercials

    Radio Commercials
    WEAF radio station advertized for the first time on the radio (first commercial ever). The commercial featured an apartment complex for $50. The commercial was called a 'toll brodcast' at the time. The commercial was ten minutes long.
  • Commercial Rush

    Commercial Rush
    Initially AT&T claimed that its patent rights gave it a monopoly over U.S. radio advertising, but a 1923 industry settlement paved the way for other stations to begin to sell time. And eventually advertising-supported private stations became the standard for U.S. broadcasting stations.
  • FRC

    Uncle Charlie became too popular, who had created a personal radio station years back. The FRC was established to limit personal radio stations. It organized the licensing of transmitters (people who brodcast their station) as well as frequencies, call letters, and power limits assigned to that station.
  • TV Overtake

    TV Overtake
    The TV made an apperance into the comotion in the late 30's and made all the radio shows think twice about having a radio show, and most of them left. This left the radio stations out to dry for a while.
  • Music

    Music came around onto the radio because there were so few ways to listen to it at the time. There was the Jukebox, Records, or Live Concerts. Music filled the void left by the radio shows.
  • FM

    Major Edwin Armstrong created the FM Radio which had higher quality sound and better, stronger signal. Listeners had to buy new radio sets. The radio was split to two different sides: AM adn FM. FM- Music
    AM- Talking shows
  • Competition

    The Radio has more competition today with all the different online radios like Pandora, or iHeart Radio.