Radios: we use them every single day. But have you ever thought about how this radio originated? This seemingly life-changing invention has come so far when we look at it. We will not only talk about how the radio came to be what it is today but also why it is so important to life as we know it today. Let’s begin!
How The Radio Came To Be
Who exactly brought the radio into this world has a bit of fog around it. While Nikolai Tesla first demonstrated a wireless radio in 1893 in St. Louis, Missouri, it was Guglielmo Marconi who was credited with creating the first radio. The reason he is credited with the invention is largely due to the fact that he acquired the first telegraphy patent in 1896 in England. A year later, Tesla applied for his patent and it was granted in 1900. Marconi’s place in history was sealed when he became the first person to transmit radio signals across the Atlantic Ocean.
Radios became increasingly popular during World War I and World War II. They were used almost exclusively and became an invaluable tool for sending and receiving messages to and from the armed forces. They also became popular among civilians. Broadcasting stations began to surface across the United States and Europe. Radios were especially helpful during World War II, as it helped journalists broadcast news pertaining to the war.
After World War II, the way we used radios changed again. After it was no longer needed to relay news of the wars, broadcasting stations then focused on playing the music of the time. This is what has led our radio use to become what it is today: a way to listen to music, while still getting the news we want to hear.
The Importance Of Radios
Here are just a few reasons radios have been so important to our lives from the time it was created until today:
- It’s where the world first heard Britain declare war on Germany.
- It’s where Orson Welles accidentally fooled the public into believing a real alien invasion was underway in his “War Of The Worlds” bit.
- Radio is where new music is broadcasted for the first time, in most cases.
If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop by Back N The Day to check out if we have any radios in stock! We’d be thrilled to help you learn about radios or help you find what you’re looking for. Whether you’re an avid collector or an everyday listener, radios are a part of everyone’s lives. They have most certainly changed our lives for the better!