Here’s my idea: I’m writing a novel, Marconi Dreams (I’ll print the title in italics if it’s ever published), whose hero is a disc jockey. I started this Website as a home base for the novel. The book isn’t a history, but it draws on the modern history of the medium in America, from about 1960 on. This morning it seems like a pretty good idea to write a history of radio in blog posts. I’ll start at the beginning with this one. So, when I’m done, a reader can start from the present and work back to the birth of radio, only about a hundred years ago. Who knows, maybe I’ll have another book when I’m done. Somewhere in here, I’ll finish Marconi Dreams, too. There’ll still be posts on today’s upheaval in the medium. It’s just, now I’ll be providing some context. Stay tuned.


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The History of Radio – Preface

RADIO GUY GALLERY


hertzsketch1
Heinrich Hertz's experiments proved the existence of electromagnetic radiation. Cycles-per-second, the standard measure of radio wave frequency, was named for him. He died in 1894, at 37. Wikipedia: Hertz

RADIO GUY GALLERY


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What do you do with a problem like Howard? After decades of profits and FCC indecency fines as routine budget items, Howard Stern, king of all pottymouth radio guys, followed his enabler Mel Karmazin to Sirius Satellite Radio, leaving CBS to make up a hundred million in revenue (They sold stations) and fill the void for the half of Howard's loyal audience who didn't choose to buy a new radio and pay fifteen bucks a month for a few more, ranker epithets.
Wikipedia: Stern

RADIO GUY GALLERY


PALEY-S
CBS might have become the Cigar Broadcasting System. William S. Paley was the scion of the family business. In 1927, his cigar tycoon dad, Samuel, bought the struggling network of early radio stations from a group of poor schlumps who were trying to – would you believe: sell programming to radio stations! Every syndicator since has had to relearn that this doesn't work. Bill and his dad figured out the right business model -- you sell commercials to advertisers, and give the programs to stations. Got it?
Wikipedia: Paley
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