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These are the notes from Monday 10/3 and Wednesday 10/5
Introduction to Mass media
Glenn Hubbard
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Communications, Media




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Date Created: 10/05/16
History of Broadcasting  Questions o What is the name of the guy who invented the gadget that led to the radio?  Marconi o What was the gadget called?  Wireless telegraph o Why isn’t he credited as the inventor?  He invented the wireless telegraph with Morris code but radio uses sound.  Origins of Radio o Radio developed from two early forms of “wired” communication o Telegraph (Samuel Morse)  Getting rid of the Wires o James Clerk Maxell –  theorized the existence of invisible, radiant, energy (electromagnetic energy) o Heinrich Hertz-  was the first to prove Maxwell’s theory. He discovered waves which were named Hertz one cycle per second o Gulielmo Marconi  Put Hertz’s waves to practical use: Wireless communication  Created hardware to transmit coded messages  Transmitted in dots and dashes not voice o Reginald Fessenden  Made the first voice in broadcast in 1906  Used a telephone as a microphone  Transmission led to the development of radio broadcasting o Lee De Forest  Created the AUDION vacuum tube that allowed human voice to be carried on an amplified on Hertzian waves  Audion led to the development of radio o Frank Conrad  One of those radio tinkerers from Pittsburg  KDKA got off the ground in 1920 o Titanic  In 1912 the Titanic affect the regulation of wireless technology  Rules governing radio broadcasting were changed  Laws changed where they had to answer distress calls no matter what  Questions o What did Marconi invent?  The wireless telegraph o Why was Marconi’s invention considered the invention of radio?  Because it was just telegraph it didn’t have sound it used Morris code not voices etc. o What is one Hertz? 2  One cycle per second.  1912 Radio Act o grew out of the disaster of the Titanic o The first comprehensive legislation governing land- based stations o Required federal licensing of all radio transmitters  You had to apply for a license through the government to get a radio transmitter o Required Secretary of commerce to grant licenses to all U.S citizens upon request. o Same concept with Henry the VIII with the printing press.  Post War Development o Government worried about possible foreign control from Marconi’s large companies o GE took over American Marconi in 1919, creating RCA o AT&T and Westinghouse joined GE as investors in RCA o Patent holders joined a cross licensing agreement  The First Broadcast Station o Frank Conrad set up 8XK in Pittsburg playing music and news o Conrad Developed many loyal listeners o 8XK became KDKA  Boom Era (1920s) o November 1920, KDKA went on the air o Broadcast election returns 3 o Programming created to sell radios  KDKA started the same day as the general election ft Cox vs Harding  Five Reasons why KDKA is the oldest o Used radio waves o Uncoded signals o Continuously scheduled programs o For the general public o Licensed by the government  Boom Era (1920s) o Programming was very basic o Technology was limited o Interference became a major problem  The Start of Radio Advertising o Stations later moved to sponsorship of programs o AT&T owned WEAF became “Toll broadcasting”  Hoover’s Radio Conferences o Herbert Hoover was secretary of commerce in mid ‘20s o 1922-1925 Hoover held a series of four radio conferences o interference continued to get worse o broadcasters asked Hoover for regulation o hoover lacked the authority to implement regulation o president Coolidge urged congress to take action  Radio Act of 1927 o Replaced the 1912 radio act 4 o Passed by congress in 1927 o Adopt suggestions from Hoover’s radio conferences  Communications Act of 1934 o Kept intact legislation from the Radio Act of 1927, but established the federal Communications Commission o Next big shake-up in regulation didn’t come until 1996 5


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