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The Development Of Radio

THE DEVELOPMENT OF RADIO
By
J.A. Spiker
School of Communication, The University of Akron, USA
Keywords
: radio, broadcasting, mass media, telecommunications, Internet.
Contents
1. Introduction
2. Historical Developments of Radios Timeline
2.1. Early Radio Transmissions
2.2. Radio Becomes Big Business
2.3. Technology Changes the Direction of Radio
3. Societal Uses of Radio
3.1. Education
3.2. Entertainment
3.3. Military Affairs
3.4. Public Affairs
4. Future Direction of Radios Development
Glossary
Bibliography
Biographical Sketch
Summary
Early inventions like the wireless and successful experiments of radiotelephony over time merged with business interests to create the powerful radio broadcast industry of modern day. This chapter addresses the key developments and uses of radio. Beginning with Marconi’s successful transmission of the letter “S” from England to Newfoundland in 1898, the timeline continues with Fessenden’s 1906 successful Christmas Eve
radiotelephony transmission from Brant Rock in Massachusetts–the first publicly announced broadcast. Other key historical developments of radio’s timeline include the pioneer broadcast station KDKA in Pittsburgh; the formation of the networks and the creation of the radio audience; radio’s golden age of programming; the development of FM radio; and the impact of television on the radio industry. Technological advancements are important because they ensure the continued viability of radio. However, these developments must be considered in the light of the role of radio in
society. Technological advancements are vital but this must not overshadow the fact that such developments occur in order to serve society. Radio serves society in a variety of capacities: education, entertainment, military affairs, and public affairs such as news and politics….FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE, SEE…

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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