Though a lot of things have evolved, with radio having potential competitive technologies, and replacement quite closely available, we still not able to detach ourselves from the idea of listening to radio broadcasting. With mobile phones and computers, the technology has come much closer now. Even today people find it very much useful to have access to radios and they consider it informative. So here are some of the interesting facts that we probably didn’t know about Radio broadcasting.
The first prediction about radio:
The first prediction about radio took place in the 1860s by Clark Maxwell. So it wasn’t the idea of Marconi alone, though the dream of Maxwell turned into reality only through the efforts of Marconi. So almost 40 years after the idea came up the idea was turned into reality. It was not just Maxwell and Marconi, but many others like Tesla and Hertz had also predicted the invention of the radio.
The father of Radio Broadcasting:
Yes, the concept of radio broadcasting does have a father, and he is Lee De Forest. One of the first few radio broadcastings carried out by Lee De Forrest was at the peak of the Eiffel Tower. This man is probably hailed as the father of radio broadcasting as he was the first ever RJ in history.
Marconi didn’t stop with just invention:
All of us know that Marconi was the inventor of Radio, but not many of us know that he didn’t stop with that. He also knew the ways to proper transmission of information between two people through radio. He helped the then President Roosevelt to transmit news through radio and send information to Edward VII. This happened sometime in the year 1903, while the invention took place in the year 1901.
People had to own licence:
This fact will sound a little weird. People who wanted to own and listen to a radio in the UK had to get a licence to do so by paying a fee of 10 Shillings. Even today no one knows as to why this was done. However, this practice was only in the UK and between the year 1922 and 1971. The money goes to the government. This is still a mystery. People do not know why it was started why it had suddenly come to an end.
Radio and Broadcasting- Etymology:
The terms Radio and Broadcasting have gotten into common use today. Buy in the yesteryears these words weren’t prevalent. The reason for this is that the word radio sounded new and people were not used to it, and the word broadcasting was actually used in agriculture. Broadcasting in the past meant spreading of seeds. Before the word radio came into common usage, the same term was referred as wireless telegraphy.