Are you interested in radio? If so, you may find it interesting to read the following facts about radio. Read on.
In the late 1800, A German inventor called Heinrich Hertz discovered the wireless radio. He did it when he proved that it is possible to send energy point-to-point without the use of wires.
An Italian businessman and inventor known as Guglielmo Marconi is considered the great Father of Radio since he transformed that discovery into the wireless radio. He also got the patent and kicked off his own business.
Another expert David Sarnoff introduced the broadcasting concept when he offered his services for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of the USA. He suggested that the company might want to try wireless technology in order to send music to others’ homes.
As far as “Disc Jockey” is concerned, Lee Deforest is known as the first one on the list for playing music from the great Eiffel Tower.
In Pittsburgh, KDKA was the very first radio station that was licensed in the USA. Actually, Frank Conrad started KDKA and went under the ownership of Westinghouse. The company made radio kits and got them sold for 10 dollars at the popular Horne’s Department Store. Moreover, Conrad advertised those kits on KDKA. Interestingly enough, it was the first type of radio advertising; however, it was not the true advertising.
In New York City, WEAF played the very first real commercials in the USA.
Actually, the first news reports on the official level was played on a radio station in the USA and was about the results of the Harding vs Cox election, according to KDKA.
The Golden Age of Radio was between 1920 and 1940. At that time, radio got really popular. This was the same time when radio was the greatest medium in the USA. During this time, the radio had good block programming that was like that of TV today. The programs were telecast in blocks of time. Normally, the duration of these programs was up to one hour. The popular shows included soap operas, sitcoms, detective shows, action shows, news shows, dramas and a lot of other shows.
During the great times of radio, some corporations came into being in order to make programs that would be played on different radio stations. Actually, the stations were under the ownership of the corporations. Some of them were just affiliated. The first network was known as NBC. In the beginning, NBC consisted of two networks: the Blue Network and the Red Network. Moreover, the FCC made a rule that a corporation was not allowed to own more than one network. So, the NBC sold the Blue Network. The new owners turned the network into American Broadcasting Company.
Moreover, during the great times of Radio, the drama programs were called Soap Operas. It was soap companies that sponsored the dramas.
Also, during the WWII, the radio became the best medium for broadcasting news. Moreover, Edward R. Murrow was the most popular war correspondent.
So, these were some fun facts about radio. Hopefully, you have enjoyed them a lot.