Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Early Broadcasting

The idea today of turning on your radio to your favorite station seems simple enough. Believe it or not, there was a point in history where radio broadcasting was seen as technically advanced as some of the most newly introduced technology of today. Radio broadcasting truly began its take-off in 1920 with the Marconi Company in Great Britain . In June of 1920, they were able to experimentally broadcast a clip of an opera singer. Even though this was a big achievement on their part, in August of the same year, "the Post Office banned the use of radio for entertainment because of complaints of interference with military and other 'important' communications" ( Starr 327).
In 1919 however, the US had lifted radio bans and radio became a hobby to people. Towers and receivers were being set up on rooftops and garage's in order to broadcast signals ( Starr 328). Eventually the idea of radio broadcasting became increasingly popular and was eventually to become used as a source for news, beating out newspapers and magazines ( Starr 328). Now that radio was becoming more popular and was not restricted to use by only military personnel, the government would have a whole new challenge in the fight to regulate and control the airwaves and broadcasting rights.


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