The Radio: 

We could all thank for the fun we have in  the car, the fun we have cleaning the house, and for all the news in  the mornings (especially when there’s traffic) to this guy:

His name is Guglielmo Marconi! (April 25, 1874, Bologna-Died: July 20, 1937, Rome).  He sent and received his first radio signal in Italy in 1895. But, in later years Tesla became the patent of this invention because Marconi’s patent was overturned in the supreme court in 1943 in favor of Tesla.

And I thought you were different than Edison... tsk tsk tsk.

And I thought you were different than Edison… tsk tsk tsk.

In 1917, when the United States entered the first world war , all radio  was controlled by the U.S. Navy to prevent its possible use by enemy spies. The U.S. government took over control of all patents related to radio technology.

In 1919, after the government released its control of all patents, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was established with the purpose of distributing control of the radio patents that had been restricted during the war. This was the time when the military had control of all radio transmissions.

The first time the human voice was transmitted by radio is debatable  Claims to that distinction range from the phase, “Hello Rainey” spoken by Natan B. Stubblefield to a test partner near Murray, Kentucky, in 1892, to an experimental program of talk and music by Reginald A. Fessenden, in 1906, which was heard by radio-equipped ships within several hundred miles.

True Broadcasting Begins

In 1915, speech was first transmitted across the continent from New York City to San Francisco and across the Atlantic Ocean from Naval radio station NAA at Arlington, Virginia, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

On November 2, 1920, Westinghouse’s KDKA-Pittsburgh broadcast the Harding-Cox election returns and began a daily schedule of radio programs.

The first ship-to-shore two way radio conversation occurred in 1922, between Deal Beach, New Jersey, and the S.S. America, 400 miles at sea. However, it was not until 1929 that high seas public radiotelephone service was inaugurated. At that time telephone contact could be made only with ships within 1,500 miles of shore. Today there is the ability to telephone nearly every large ship wherever it may be on the globe.

Commercial radiotelephony linking North America with Europe was opened in 1927, and with South America three years later. In 1935 the first telephone call was made around the world, using a combination of wire and radio circuits.

FM Radio

Edwin Howard Armstrong invented frequency-modulated or FM radio in 1933. FM improved the audio signal of radio by controlling the noise static caused by electrical equipment and the earth’s atmosphe. Until 1936, all American transatlantic telephone communication had to be routed through England. In that year, a direct radiotelephone circuit was opened to Paris. Telephone connection by radio and cable is now accessible with 187 foreign points.

Radio technology has grown significantly since its early development. In 1947, Bell Labs scientists invented the transistor. In 1954, a then small Japanese company called Sony introduced the transistor radio.

FM Antenna System

In 1965, the first Master FM Antenna system in the world designed to allow individual FM stations to broadcast simultaneously from one source was erected on the Empire State Building in NYC.

Now, the radio is even in the internet, which for me… AWESOME IDEA! but it tends to be not so fluid since it depends on WiFi connection. Nothing pisses anyone more when it lags right in the middle of their jam. but there are barely any fashionable portable radios that don’t have to be used with long antennas.

See what i meant with the antenna.

Today, there are downloadable apps that are radios:

Those are some of the best ones around, though some radio stations do have their own website so you can hear them live, and even their own apps so you could take them with you just in case you don’t want to miss their programming.


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