Dec '40/Jan '41 National Radio News
of Contents] These articles are scanned and OCRed from old editions of the
National Radio News magazine. Here is a list of the
National Radio News articles I have already posted. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
The National Radio Institute
(NRI) was one of the first country-wide organizations to offer formal electronics
training both as classroom and as self-study courses. Magazines were filled with
offers to train men in what was an exciting new career field. The drums of war were
beating in the background by December 1940 when this article appeared, and the U.S.
military was gearing up for what was sure to be an eventuality. Three months earlier,
Pact united Japan, Italy and Germany to formalize the
Axis Powers, and Hitler's forces had invaded Western Europe.
The push was on to train a large number of engineers and technicians to handle
communications and control systems for Army and Navy forces. It is always
interesting to read pieces penned at the time events were unfolding, rather than
after having been filtered through the worldview of subsequent authors.
Institute advertisement, December 1954 Radio News;
Mathematics in Radio in July 1932 Radio News;
Measuring Inductance and Capacity, June 1931 Radio-Craft;
Mathematics in Radio,
March 1933 Radio News;
Radio Frequencies and Their Allocation, June | July 1940 National Radio News;
Your Radio Training and the Defense Program, December 1940 | January 1941
National Radio News.
Your Radio Training and the Defense Program
By J. E. Smith
President, National Radio Institute (NRI)
Young men look to the future wondering how our
important task of creating a defense will affect their lives. Mr. Smith, in this
message which he has prepared especially for you, makes it clear that you have a
solemn duty to perform for our Nation and that this duty also presents greater opportunities
to trained Radio men.
The idea of mobilizing for defense in order to preserve peace is now gripping
the attention of our nation. Each person will feel the many reactions from this
momentous task. Each person is giving genuine support, thereby knitting our nation
more closely together.
But preparations for National Defense are tending to affect our outlook toward
the immediate future. Many of us fear that long-cherished plans may have to be laid
aside temporarily. In many industries, conditions have changed radically within
the last few months, so that new opportunities present themselves.
Radio plays an important part in our National Defense program. Since Radio is
also your chosen field, I am taking this opportunity to analyze the manner in which
our National Defense program may affect you as a Radio man.
J. E. Smith
First of all, we have the indisputable fact that the general public in the United
States is more interested now than ever before in news broadcasts telling of the
fast-moving events in Europe and the Far East. The reactions of our own Government
as reported by Radio commentators are likewise eagerly received by the Radio audience.
Another important observation we can make at the present time is that people
are listening to Radio entertainment today more than ever before. Perhaps this is
being done to counteract the many discouraging news broadcasts. Important speeches
each attract additional listeners who might otherwise leave their receivers turned
Thus, Radio broadcasting has become a vital influence in our daily lives. More
than 45,000,000 Radio receivers are now in American homes, with thousands more being
purchased each day. Furthermore, each Radio receiver owner is insisting that his
set be in good working condition so that he will not miss a single important broadcast.
Today it is no longer unusual to find a person owning two, three or even more
Radio receivers. People like to be near a receiver regardless of where they may
be - on a camping trip, at the office, in an upstairs bedroom, or touring in an
automobile. Increased receiver sales due to this desire for extra sets means more
work for every one connected with the Radio manufacturing industry. Furthermore,
the increasing number of sets in use and the desire to have every set in working
order is making Radio servicing a more vital and more important profession than
ever before. We can therefore conclude that the even which have lead us into a National
Defense program will multiply the opportunities in Radio servicing and in practically
every other branch of Radio.
Modern Army, Navy and Air forces require reliable and fast communication between
each active unit. Radio is the best medium for this communication, as experience
in Europe this year has shown. In many cases, Radio is the only means of communicating
between moving units.
To provide, maintain and operate a complete modern communication system for an
armed force requires thousands of Radio operators and Radio service technicians.
To meet this demand, many Radio service men and amateurs have already enlisted in
the communication branches of our armed forces. But these will not be enough; many
more young men with Radio training will be required.
Many of the men who are now being drafted for one year of military training will
be assigned to the Army signal corps and to the other communication branches. Those
who have had their Radio training will no doubt be given preference when these positions
are assigned. Furthermore, we have been told that those who are now taking a course
in Radio training will be encouraged to finish that course, and may be given additional
training and practical experience after they have completed their course.
The absorption of trained Radio men by our National Defense program is reducing
the number of Radio servicemen available for ordinary servicing work. Added to this
is the increased demand for Radio technicians created by the rapid increase in the
number of receivers in active use. Never before in the rapid rise of Radio broadcasting
has there been a greater demand for trained Radio technicians. Clearly, National
Defense is creating greater opportunities in at least one field, that of Radio.
I honestly believe that the future of a Radio man is more promising now than
ever before. The relatively new fields of frequency-modulation broadcasting, television
and electronic control will develop along with the defense preparation. Trained
men should have new avenues in which to find real opportunities for themselves in
these busy and rapidly expanding branches of Radio.
There is no reason why a young man who is soon to reach his twenty-first birthday
should be bewildered at all by the possibility of conscription in the near future.
Likewise, men who are now within the draft age limit should not give up their desire
to be trained Radio men, for in both cases this Radio training will be of great
benefit to our Government, to the general public and to the individual himself.
Men who cannot qualify for participation in the National Defense program because
they are outside the age limit or for other reasons, should not overlook the fact
that this country urgently needs trained Radio men to take the place of those who
are now serving their country or who will soon be called for service. By furnishing
competent Radio service to the public, these men will be helping our nation to maintain
its reputation for being the best informed of all nations, and will thereby be helping
to bolster the bonds of freedom and justice.
Posted March 18, 2014