Radio History Timeline

  • Radio at Sea

    Radio at Sea
    Radio at sea was used for aiding in emergencies. This allowed a quick response. Many of lives were saved during the process of Radio at Sea. An example of radio at sea includes the movie, Titanic, when the ship was sinking, the passengers communicated through the radio.
  • Radio Industry Development

    Radio Industry Development
    An Italian inventor named Marconi sent the first radio signal. That signal was also received in 1895. This signal was just a signal, it may be as easy as tapping morse code. He was the first person who said he discovered radio but some citizens were doubtful.
  • Audion Tube

    Audion Tube
    An Audion Tubr id s vacuum tube that amplifies signals. It was said that Lee De Forest created the tube but, many believe that it was Reginald Fessenden. Though it may be created by Fessenden, he didn't make it into history.
  • Call Letters

    Call Letters
    Call letters were used to differentiate between the location. For example, the letter W represents East. In addition, the letter K meant any station west of the Mississiuppi River.
  • Radio During World War One

    Radio During World War One
    Radio allowed the combatants in war communicate. To communicate they used telegraph messages. Overall, the radio allowed quick communication.
  • Music Broadcast

    Music Broadcast
    The first music broadcast on the radio was in 1917. This later became popular in 1921 where more frequent music broadcasts were held. This was after the radio shows moved to the T.V. to gain more profit.
  • Radio Stations

    Radio Stations
    25 years later, the firs radio station was developed. 8XK was the first station but it was later renamed as KDKA. This station was developed by Frank Conrad. Radio was mainly used to distribute news.
  • AM Waves

    AM Waves
    AM stands for amplitude modulation. The first radio news program was broadcasted in 1930 useing the AM waves. These waves were found between 535 KHz to 1605 KHz.
  • The Dawn of Advertising

    The Dawn of Advertising
    Radio makes money by selling advertisements. WEAF aired a commercial for $50.00 for a 10 minute broadcast. Back then, it was $5.00 a minute but now, it costs 30-50 million dollars for 30 seconds. In addition, this was only for EACH commercial.
  • Uncle Charlie - FRC

    Uncle Charlie - FRC
    Uncle Charlie's show was too popular that it interfered with the other radio signals. The FRC organized a license for transmitters. Now, the FRC is known as the FCC. Uncle Charlie's show angered many advertisers because they were paying for commercials that no one was watching.
  • Golden Era

    Golden Era
    This was when everyone listened to radio. This lasted till 1940. Everybody listened to the radio for news of the war going on. The radio allowed its audience to get lost in the program.
  • FM Broadcasting

    FM Broadcasting
    FM Broadcasting began in the late 1930s. FM stands for frequency modulation. FM radio is now used today!
  • TV Attracted

    TV Attracted
    T.V. became more popular in the late 30s. As the popularity raised to T.V., Advertisers went to advertise on the T.V. instead. Radio lost money since more shows moved to the T.V.
  • Radio Suffrage

    Radio Suffrage
    Radio is getting so big that many people use it. We learn about radio defects and more about other types of technology defects such as television. Radio becomes more local and the stations focs on playing more songs for entertainment. Even though we suffered in the 1950s, we also learned that everything can be tweaked.
  • 20th-21st Century Music

    20th-21st Century Music
    Music in the radio gained popularity worldwide. Radio became more portable and headphones were developed. The headphones allowed users to carry their music around which also advertised the radio industry.
  • Music Pandora

    Music Pandora
    Savage Beast was the founder of Pandora, the radio. Some radio stations had their frequencies cut, meaning some radio waves didn't go as far as expected. The Buzz replaced the classical music station in Houston. Many other stations were swapped or became unactive while some radio stations just began.