my daily technical headlines search, one of the websites I regularly
visit is Radio Ink.
As a lifelong fan of over-the-air broadcast radio (and TV), it is interesting
to see what trends are playing themselves out. OTA broadcasting is struggling
to survive in the modern world of Podcasts and Internet streaming broadcasts;
indeed, I do a lot of my radio listening via the Internet because the
local stations don't provide what I want. At least I can watch the
local news on TV
in the evening using just a simple inside antenna. The Big Media types
are involved in a major lobbying effort to mandate
FM radio receivers in all cellphones, which of course is a prime
example of corporate chieftains using their financial might to pay off
politicians for something that the rest of us will ultimately have to
pay for. Radio's early days faced no such dilemma. People the world
over were excited about the advent of radio and eagerly awaited their
favorite broadcasts each day. Televisions were mostly for the 'rich,'
but most households could scrape together enough cash to buy or build
a radio receiver. This article from a 1942 edition of Radio Retailing
Today gives a rundown on broadcast radio history and growth, along
with major events and technology milestones, from 1920 through 1942.
September 1942 Radio Retailing Today
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio &
Television News, published 1919 - 1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Radio History and Growth
Including Radio and Television Retailing
O. H. Caldwell, Editor.
M. Clements, Publisher
480 Lexington Ave., New York, N. Y.
|New Jobs for Tubes
In a rapidly changing field like radio, readers naturally
look to our pages to reflect radio's varying trends.
During the past few years the editors have repeatedly called
attention to the increasing applications of vacuum tubes and
amplifier equipment in fields outside of space radio. These
uses have come to be known under the broader term of "electronic"
applications. Today, tubes find uses everywhere in industry,
business, communications, therapeutics, and scientific research.
Maintenance and servicing of these opens wider opportunities
for local radio men.
For many months the editors have
sought to keep radio readers in touch with these new electronic
developments through our own pages. Looking back over the last
two years, many articles and many columns in this magazine have
been devoted to describing these new electronic uses.
But now that the electronic field is receiving new and tremendous
impetus under the drive of war, it becomes apparent that the
electronic industries are too vast and important to receive
only incidental or departmental attention in the pages of Radio
Of course, in duty to our radio readers,
Radio Retailing Today will continue to treat of electronic servicing
as an opportunity for the local serviceman. Radio Retailing
Today will continue to interpret electronic devices and circuits
in wide use, to help servicemen do a good job when called into
this new field.
|But to serve the great electronic groups
now rapidly growing up, your publishers announce a new magazine
"Electronic Industries" to appear next month, to treat fully
of electronics in all its aspects - manufacture, applications,
communications - design, production and use.
of this issue, describes this new magazine further, and interprets
its relationship to the field of Radio Retailing Today.
Every Minute Counts!
of production action is for us.
Every minute of non-productive
time counts against us. It is the job of everyone of us to see
that our time counts for US and against Hitler, Hirohito, et
And to only a lesser degree, the same applies to
every dealer, every serviceman, every business man, who finds
the conduct of his business complicated and jeopardized by our
In the solution of your own problems, too,
time is important,-for time is slipping fast away.
up to you to make every minute count for you. Things will not
get better by themselves.
Your action is needed-today
- and every day.
Your wartime tasks are never done,
so long as war clouds darken our horizon.
Radio's History and Growth - with dates of new innovations and