The History of Radio

  • First Signal

    First Signal
    Marconi was the beieved inventor of the radio. In 1985, the first radio signal was sent and received. This was the start of a major entertainment revolution.
  • The Audion Tube

    The Audion Tube
    In 1906, Lee De Forest created the audion tube. The audion tube was a vacuum tube that amplified radio signals. Though Lee got all the credit for this invention, some people beleive that the true inventor was Reginald Fessenden.
  • "Iceberg Straight Ahead!"

    "Iceberg Straight Ahead!"
    On April 14, 1912, the legendary Titanic, th ship where "not even God coud sink her," sunk. Radio was very useful for ships and sailors because they provided a way for communication from sea to land. Without radio, the people back on land would've never known that the shio had sunk until a few weeks later when the ship never returned. Radio saved many lives that day.
  • KDKA

    In 1920, radion stations were born. Frank Conrad created the first station, called 8XK. The radio staion still broadcats today, but instead is known as KDKA.
  • The Dawn of Advertising

    The Dawn of Advertising
    As radio became more poplar, it needed a way to get money. In 1922, WEAF aired th first radio commercial, lasting 10 minutes and costing the company $50. Nowadays, it can cost companies thousands of dollars to have their commercial aired.
  • The FRC

    The FRC
    In 1926, the FRC was created. During that time, many people had heir own "Uncle Charlie" stations, where tey could broadcast whatever they wanted. This made advertising companies angry because this money that they were spending to advertising their product was basically being wasted because no one was listening to thier station, but Uncle Charlies. Thus, the FRC was born to control this mess. Later they would be reffered to as the FCC.
  • Amos n Andy

    Amos n Andy
    Amos n Andy was a very popular radio sitcom. It first aired in 1928. The setting was in the historical black community of Harlem, but the men who were behind their original voices, Freeman Gosden (Amos) and Charles Corell (Andy) were both white. Eventually the sitcom converted into a television show.
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    The Golden Era

    Torwards the 30s and 40s, radio became very popular. During this time, The Great Depression and a war were going on, and people were at a very hard time in their lives. Radio provided a sort of escape for the people. They could just get lost in whatever program they were listening to instead of worrying about whatever was going on with their lives at the time.
  • FM Radio

    FM Radio
    In 1933, Lee De Forest, the man believed to have invented th audion tube, recieved the patent for FM radio, or Frequency Modulation. FM radio was great because it had a stronger signal. Now, talkshows would be on AM stations, while music would be played on FM stations.
  • Video Killed the Radio Star

    Video Killed the Radio Star
    Towards the late 30's, television began to make its own revolution. This killed radio; it took many of its advertisers and most of the shows that were aired on the radio had to be transfered to tv shows to keep up their popularity. This caused any problems because often, the person who did the voice of the character on radio didn't look like how the people pictured them.
  • Supermaaaaan

    On Februrary 12, 1940, Suprman was born. What many people don't know is that The Adventures of Superman began as a radio show. Like many of the popular radio shows at this time, The Adventures of Superman eventualy converted into a television show due to its popularity.
  • Audio Multiracking

    Audio Multiracking
    In 1948, the way that people have created modern music today, was born. A man by the name of Les Paul invented audio multitracking. This invention was a major revolution in the music world, a w woldn't be where we are music-wise today.
  • The $64 Question

    The $64 Question
    Practically the original Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The $64 Question was a popular American, radio game show. It first started airing on September 10, 1950. It was originally known as Take It Or Leave It.
  • Invention of Rock? Maybe.

    Invention of Rock? Maybe.
    On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded at Sun Studios. It is debated whether or not rock was created that day. What did happn for sure though, was that after that day, Elvis would becoe a worldwide music phenomenon.
  • Bob Dylan Plugs In

    Bob Dylan Plugs In
    On July 25, 1965 on a Sunday eveing ain Newport, Rhode Island, Bob Dylan plugin in his electric guitar, and rock music was finally considered art. It may have been terrible sound quality, but either way, it was a milestone. Before this, people laughed at the thought of rock being cosidered art.