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Forefathers of Radio

First Radio Station

Guglielmo Marconi
Edwin Howard Armstrong
David Sarnoff
Lee DeForest
First Radio Station

KDKA Pittsburgh


KDKA Pittsburgh went on the air in 1920 and became the first regularly broadcasting radio station.   It took off with a boom and by 1924 there were 1400 statios and a third on the nation's money for home furniture was spent on radios.  Americans would rather sell their refrigerators than their radios.  America was hooked on radio. 
Radio would continue to play a vital role in society.  During the Great Depression Franklin D. Roosevelt used to radio to address the nation about the economy in his "fireside  chats."  Radio would also prove to be a means of refining the nation's tastes by introducing people to classical music for the first time. 

This page was created by Kimberly Hood, Zane Gresback, Alison Page, and Hiromi Sugihara.  Group 2