The History Of AM Radio Prior To World War I

Posted on July 16, 2011
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AM radios history before World War I is a very interesting and entertaining history. The first experimental broadcast of the AM radio happened on Christmas Eve in 1906. Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian, was this experimenter. This experimentation came over a decade after the invention of the radio which was invented in 1897. Many of the earliest radio broadcasts were made through radio telegraphy and telephony. At the turn of the century Fessenden began to make weak radio broadcasts over the air waves.Never heard of this before? Get up to speed here. However, it wasn’t until his successful transatlantic experimental radio communications. In 1904 that he issued a patent on the radio which through dispute was issued to Macaroni. Macaroni was one of the first to use the airwaves to broadcast messages in British waters between British ships. However, after successful experimentation, Fessenden continued to broadcast until World War 1 using small-scale voices and music. AM Radio broadcasting began to spread and eventually made its way into the United States and started in June of 1909 in San Jose, California. Charles Herrold made the first broadcast on KCBS, which is the oldest United States radio station. The AM radio was becoming a useful tool for many citizens of the world and in 1914 when we entered the war, it had become sophisticated enough to be used on a large scale.


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