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Copy of RADIO- HISTORY AND CULTURAL IMPACT
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Development of Technology
Physics based, uses electromagnetic waves
Slowed by patent problems
Took off in the early 1900s because of...
WWI (The Great War)
U.S. Navy took control of patents
Used for point-to-point communication (like a telegraph)
Soldiers trained in Signal Corps retained knowledge about and interest in radio, bringing the ideas home
Created basis for...
First in-home mass media
Developed during strong post-war economy of the 1920s
Advertising was a way to pay the bills- commercials
Federal Radio Commission created to cut down the number of overlapping stations on the few frequencies
National programming provided by three national networks
(This family was probably
paid to look this happy)
Radio, like everything else, suffered
Professional performers from other fields turned to radio
Quality of the programming improved
George Burns and Gracie Allen
Types of Programming
Music (a wide variety otherwise unavailable)
Soap Operas (original to the genre)
Radio news became very important
Live coverage of the war
World leaders could be heard
Explained the news
Became known personalities through their style and voices
Newest form of celebrity
People developed the habit of listening to radio in the evenings as a family
Average: 4 hours a day
Usually in early evening
The Glorious Invention!
(And Death of Radio's Golden Age)
Television quickly replaced radio
Sept. 30, 1962- two major shows went off air
"Hardly anyone in America noticed; they were too busy watching television." (Bray)
What Radio Left Behind
The Commentator as Celebrity
What Radio is Today
In-Car Traffic and Weather
Bray, Hiawatha. "Tuning in to the end of radio’s golden age, 50 years ago."
Editorial. Bostonglobe.com. Ed. Jason Tuohey. Boston Globe, 29 Sept. 2012.
Web. 31 Aug. 2013.