Overall listener’s reaction of private FM radio in Bangladesh

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Overall listener’s reaction of private FM radio in Bangladesh

1.1. Introduction

From the beginning of civil human life, human are curious by nature. Moreover, they are gently fond of entertainment. Gradually they have upgraded to the present position. It’s a medium of communication and entertainment radio has ruled the related sector successfully for centuries. After the invention of TV interest, the popularity of radio has decreased as the way the presentation was previously, that was a bit monotonous and thus not touching the heart of the listeners. But, the good news was along with the need of changing times; FM radio revolutionized and attained the lost pride again. Here, in my thesis I have tried to breakdown the positives and negatives of FM radio into small particles and making possible accurate assumption about it.

1.2. Objective of the study

· To measure the listeners attitude toward FM Radio.

· To asses the current scenario of this industry.

· Finding problems.

1.3. Scope of the Report

This report is prepared to find out, how percentage of people listen fm radio and which is their favorite radio channel and program. And which kind of program attracts the youth and which are attracted to different aged people.

1.4. Methodology of the study

For preparing the report the following methodology is adopted-

· Populations and samples:

Population is the collection of the entire element that possesses the information sought by the researcher and about which inferences are to be made and sample is a part of the population data. This report is analyzed on the basis of sample i.e. from all the listeners of fm radio in Bangladesh 29 listeners has been chosen for this research.

Simple random sampling has been used for gathering listener’s views. A questionnaire was used to interview customers face to face. Some aspects of the sample are given below:

· Population: Different listeners of FM radio.

· Sample unit: Each listener is a sample unit.

· Sample type: Simple random sample.

· Sample size: 29 units.

· Questionnaire design: The title of my report is ‘Overall listener’s reaction of private fm radio in Bangladesh’. The report is based on a survey or descriptive nature, rather than causal or exploratory. Open ended questions were minimal.

· Sources of data:

This report is an exploratory and descriptive one in nature. Among primary and secondary source most of the data has been collected from the secondary sources.

· Primary sources of information:

1) Face to face conversation with the listeners.

2) Direct Survey

· Secondary sources of information:

1) News papers and journals

2) Internet and websites.

· Analysis:

In the analysis part cross tabulation, symmetric Distribution and Chi-square test has been done to measure the listener’s reaction. The respondent’s answers are analyzed with the help of SPSS software.

1.5. Limitation of the study

· Time Constraints.

· Lack of available information.

· Sampling frame error- It is occurs because a realistic population doesn’t include all elements of a population. Some listeners of fm radio lives outside of Dhaka. These listeners are a part of the population but they do no probability of being included in sample. So they are part of population but not the working population

· Random Sampling error- This error takes place because a sample can never be fully representative of a population. The difference between these two the results in Random sampling error.

· Non-response error- It takes place because of the non-response of respondents.

2.1. Radio Today

2.1.1. Radio Today (Station of the Nation)

City of license Dhaka, Bangladesh
Broadcast area Bangladesh (FM)
Slogan The Station of the Nation
Frequency 89.6 FM (Dhaka)
88.6 FM (Chittagong)
First air date May 2006 (2006-05)
Format Music radio
Language Bengali
Owner Radio Broadcasting FM (Bangladesh) Co. Ltd.
Website www.radiotodaybd.fm

Radio Today’ is the first private FM radio channel in Bangladesh. The first ever 24 hours state of the art “Radio Today”, the heartbeat of DHAKA & CHITTAGONG, coming across to the listeners as a very warm Radio Station. Where, all communication is totally LIVE. Reaching out to both MASS & CLASS, the only truly live station of Bangladesh, which is different from all other Channels.

2.1.2. Board of Director






2.2. ABC Radio

ABC Radio is the first news focused FM radio station in Bangladesh. ABC radio is a part of Mediastar, from Transcom Group. Its owner is the Transcom Group. The station studio is located at the media area of Karwan Bazaar. The head program and news of ABC Radio is Sanaullah Lablu (former chief news editor of ‘Prothom-alo’). The station stays on air for 24 hours at FM 89.2 MHz of frequency from Dhaka station. As a newest member of FM radio family ABC started its all out commercial operation from January 7, 2008.

The station regularly airs—

· News Bulletins (Prime / Short)

· Talk show on current affairs, entertainment

· Radio documentary

· Information Updates (Traffic, Outdoor Event, Stock Market, Bazaar, Weather, Culture, Time Queue and many more)

· Live show with RJ’s and cool selection of songs

· Weekly, monthly special programs

· Talks show with celebrities and listeners

· Wide variation of segments

· Special programs on special days

For news, ABC Radio has its strong tie with the most nationally published daily newspaper ‘Prothom-alo’. It gets almost 250 correspondents strong support from inside the country, making it the biggest network for radio news.

2.2.1. Programs:

· Day-part Names

  • 6AM – 9AM <-> Bhorer Janalae
  • 9AM-12AM <-> Transtec Mukhurito Jibone
  • 12PM-3PM <-> Darun Dupore
  • 3PM-5PM <-> Duronto Bikel
  • 5PM-7PM <-> Shondha Tara
  • 7PM-9PM <-> Shajher Maya
  • 9PM-11PM <-> Rater Akashe
  • 11Pm-2AM <-> Golper Shesh Nei
  • 2AM-6AM <-> Back To Back Music

· Monthly Specials

  • 11PM – 2AM <-> Born Rockers (Last Wednesday)

· Weekly Specials

  • 11PM – 2AM – Poka (Monday – Wednesday)
  • 11PM – 2AM – Café 89.2 (Thursday – Sunday)
  • 11PM – 2AM – Café Live (Thursday) (Live Music Performance) [new show June’09]
  • 3PM-6PM – Golok-Dhadha (Wednesday) (Game Show)
  • 9:30PM – 11PM – Rock of Ages (Wednesday) (English Rock)
  • 9:30PM – 11PM – Le Classique (Thursday) (English 50s-80s)
  • 9:30PM – 11PM – Tunnel of Music (Friday – Saturday) (English Hits)
  • 9:30PM – 11PM – Hindi Top Hits (Sunday) (Only Hindi Tracks)
  • 7PM – 9PM – Shonar Kathi, Rupar Kathi (Monday) (Tech Show)
  • 3PM – 6PM – Cinema-ttaal (Wednesday) (Show on BD movie)
  • 12PM – 3PM – Chadni-Chawk (Tuesday) (Womans Time)
  • 12PM – 3PM – Campus, Campus (Sunday) (Campus Stars Time)
  • 12PM – 3PM – Aparajita (Monday) (Womans Success Story)

· Daily Info Segments

  • 8AM-10AM <-> Spring Airfreshner Holud Bati (Traffic update each after 30 min)
  • 7:30 AM, 4:30PM <-> Valo theko shonge theko (Bus train departure time)
  • After 10-2PM news <-> Sharer lorai Volluker jor (Stock market update)
  • 8:30AM,5:30PM <-> Kancha Lonka (Bazaar Update)
  • 9:30AM, 3:30PM <-> Edik-Odik (Dhaka events)
  • 8:45AM, 12:45PM, 5:45PM <-> Megh Baroata (Weather)
  • At the start of every hour <-> Aktel Ghori (Time Check)

· Listeners Participation

Listeners can sms to participate to the radio programs.

2.3. Radio Foorti

2.3.1. Radio Foorti- Welcome to Radio Foorti- Radio Maanei Foorti

After a successful month of testing, ‘Radio Foorti’ hit the airwaves on the 22nd of September in 2006, introducing the FM culture back to Bangladesh. Broadcasting on a frequency of 98.40 MHz, ‘Radio Foorti’ was one of the first stations to obtain and make use of a new ordinance allowing broadcast radio to take off. Armed with Apu as their first radio jockey, the station sought to provide quality music and entertainment through a media largely ignored throughout the satellite television boom.

Initially only able to be heard across Dhaka, Radio Foorti expanded aggressively, hitting Chittagong airwaves in July of 2007 and ensuring Sylhet got Foorti at 89.8 MHz from the 1st of February of 2008, while changing it’s own Dhaka frequency to 88.0 MHz to ensure that no barrier can overcome a listener and their demand for Foorti. But Radio Foorti doesn’t intend to stop there; the people of Khulna, Bogra, Rajshahi, Barisal, Mymensingh, Rangpur and Cox’s Bazaar will be happy to know that Foorti will set up stations in their areas next, thus covering the broad area of Bangladesh and making Radio Foorti one of the few national radio stations in the country.

While the radio station itself has expanded, to having 12 radio jockeys be heard on -insert number of shows here-, the aim hasn’t changed. Radio Foorti still plays a wide variety of music, ranging from golden classics to the latest song released from the top artists in Bangladesh, even mixing the hottest international tracks into the playlist. Through its network of friendly radio jockeys, constant audience interaction via text messages and special features allowing fans to get closer to their favorite stars, Radio Foorti has helped redefine the FM culture and has helped usher in a new way for music to be heard and for entertainment to be enjoyed.

As the saying goes, radio maanei foorti!

2.3.2. Coverage:

Dhaka————> 88.0FM

Chittagong——> 98.4FM

Sylhet————> 89.8FM

2.4. Radio Amar

City of license Dhaka, Bangladesh
Broadcast area Bangladesh (FM)
Slogan True voice of Bangladesh
Frequency 88.4 FM (Dhaka)
Format Music Radio
Language Bengali
Owner Radio Broadcasting FM (Bangladesh) Co. Ltd.
Website www.radioamar.com

It is a 24-hours private FM radio station in Bangladesh. It broadcasts on 88.4FM (Previous Frequency 101.6 FM) in Dhaka. It started its official transmission in 11 December 2007. Its programmes include news, bangla songs, English songs, band songs, weather updates, traffic updates and market prices.

Radio Aamar is now one of the most popular FM radio stations in Bangladesh.

Program list

Amar bikal -08.00am-10.00am with RJ Iraj

Ahornish dibarati -10.00am-1.00pm with RJ Rochie

Rock the town-1.00pm -4.00pm with RJ Jacklin and RJ Fahim

Music train -Sun to Wed 4.00pm -8.00pm and

Thusday 4.00pm -8.00pm with RJ Kaynath and RJ Mahi

Melody Mania-8.00pm -11.00pm with RJ Joyee From Sunday-Wednesday

Moner Janala -11.00pm-2.ooam with RJ Raju

Chutir Shokal- Fri 8.00am-12.00pm RJ Towhid & Chutir Shokal- Sat 8.00am-12.00pm RJ Mashfiq

Sunday Night-Sun 11.00pm to 2.00am with RJ Raju,RJ Monju, RJ Integer

Aamar Valobasha – Every Thursday (11:00PM – 2:00AM) with RJ Towfika, RJ Mashfiq & LOVEGURU (THE Voice of Love, Trust & Truth).

iTrack-7.00pm -10.00pm with RJ Nazat, RJ Dina On Thursday

3rd Generation- Every Saturday at 04.00-06.00pm with RJ Nafeez.

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On October 2008, the frequency of the station was changed to 88.4 FM in Dhaka.

3.1. The History of FM Radio

The early history of radio is the history of technology that produced radio instruments that use radio waves. Within the timeline of radio, many people contributed theory and inventions in what became radio. Radio development began as “wireless telegraphy”. Later radio history increasingly involves matters of programming and content.

Various scientists proposed that electricity and magnetism, both capable of causing attraction and repulsion of objects, were linked. In 1802 Gian Domenico Romagnosi suggested the relationship between electric current and magnetism, but his reports went unnoticed. In 1820 Hans Christian Ørsted performed a widely known experiment on man-made electric current and magnetism. He demonstrated that a wire carrying a current could deflect a magnetized compass needle. Ørsted’s experiments discovered the relationship between electricity and magnetism in a very simple experiment. Ørsted’s work influenced André-Marie Ampère to produce a theory of electromagnetism. During its early development and long after wide use of the technology, disputes persisted as to who could claim sole credit for this obvious boon to mankind. Closely related, radio was developed along with two other key inventions, the telegraph and the telephone.

3.1.1. Wireless experiments of the 19th century

In the late 19th century it was clear to various scientists and experimenters that wireless communication was possible. Various theoretical and experimental innovations led to the development of radio and the communication system we know today. Some early work was done by local effects and experiments of electromagnetic induction. Many understood that there was nothing similar to the “ethereal telegraphy” and telegraphy by induction; the phenomena being wholly distinct. Wireless telegraphy was beginning to take hold and the practice of transmitting messages without wires was being developed. Many people worked on developing the devices and improvements.

3.1.2. Faraday

James Clerk Maxwell, a theoretical physicist who developed a set of equations describing electromagnetic waves. These later later became known as Maxwell’s equations.

In 1831, Michael Faraday began a series of experiments in which he discovered electromagnetic induction. The relation was mathematically modelled by Faraday’s law, which subsequently became one of the four Maxwell equations. Faraday proposed that electromagnetic forces extended into the empty space around the conductor, but did not complete his work involving that proposal.

3.1.2. Maxwell

Between 1861 and 1865, based on the earlier experimental work of Faraday and other scientists, James Clerk Maxwell developed his theory of electromagnetism, which predicted the existence of electromagnetic waves. In 1873 Maxwell described the theoretical basis of the propagation of electromagnetic waves in his paper to the Royal Society, “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field.”

3.1.3. William Henry Ward

In April 1872 William Henry Ward received U.S. Patent 126,356 for radio development. However, this patent did not refer to any known scientific theory of electromagnetism and could never have received and transmitted radio waves.

3.1.4. Mahlon Loomis

A few months after Ward received his patent, Mahlon Loomis of West Virginia received U.S. Patent 129,971 for a “wireless telegraph” in July 1872. This patent utilizes atmospheric electricity to eliminate the overhead wire used by the existing telegraph systems. It did not contain diagrams or specific methods and it did not refer to or incorporate any known scientific theory. It is substantially similar to William Henry Ward’s patent and could not have transmitted and received radio waves.

3.1.5. Edison (1875)

Towards the end of 1875, while experimenting with the telegraph, Thomas Edison noted a phenomenon that he termed “etheric force”, announcing it to the press on November 28. He abandoned this research when Elihu Thomson, among others, ridiculed the idea. The idea was not based on the electromagnetic waves described by Maxwell.

3.1.6. David E. Hughes

In 1878, David E. Hughes was the first to claim to have transmitted and received radio waves when he noticed that his induction balance caused noise in the receiver of his homemade telephone. He demonstrated his discovery to the Royal Society in 1880 but was told it was merely induction. His aim was not to communicate by radio and his equipment was not designed to do so.

3.1.7. Calzecchi-Onesti

In 1884, Temistocle Calzecchi-Onesti at Fermo in Italy invented a primitive device that responded to radio waves. It consisted of a tube filled with iron filings, called a “coherer”. This device was a critical discovery because it would later be developed to become the first practical radio detector.

3.1.8. Edouard Branly

Between 1884 and 1886, Edouard Branly of France produced an improved version of the coherer.

3.1.9. Edison (1885)

In 1885, Edison took out U.S. Patent 465,971 on a system of radio communication between ships (which later he sold to Marconi). The patent, however, was not based on the transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves.

3.1.10. Hertz

Between 1886 and 1888, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz studied Maxwell’s theory and validated it through experiment. He demonstrated the transmission and reception of the electromagnetic waves predicted by Maxwell and thus was the first person to intentionally transmit and receive radio. He discovered that the electromagnetic equations could be reformulated into a partial differential equation called the wave equation. Famously, he saw no practical use for his discovery. For more information see Hertz’s radio work.

3.1.11. Stubblefield

Claims have been made that Murray, Kentucky farmer Nathan Stubblefield developed radio between 1885 and 1892, before either Tesla or Marconi, but his devices seemed to have worked by induction transmission rather than radio transmission.

3.1.12. Landell de Moura

Between 1893 and 1894, Roberto Landell de Moura, a Brazilian priest and scientist, conducted experiments in wireless transmissions. He did not publicize his achievement until 1900, when he held a public demonstration of a wireless transmission of voice in São Paulo, Brazil on June 3.

3.1.13. Beginnings of radio

Nikola Tesla developed means to reliably produce radio frequencies, publicly demonstrated the principles of radio, and transmitted long distant signals. He holds the US patent for the invention of the radio, as defined as “wireless transmission of data”.

There are varying disputed claims about who invented radio, which in the beginning was called “wireless telegraphy”. The key invention for the beginning of “wireless transmission of data using the entire frequency spectrum”, known as the spark-gap transmitter, has been attributed to various men. Marconi equipped ships with lifesaving wireless communications and established the first transatlantic radio service. Tesla developed means to reliably produce radio frequency electrical currents, publicly demonstrated the principles of radio, and transmitted long distance signals.

3.1.14. Nikola Tesla

In 1891 Tesla began his research into radio. He later published an article, “The True Wireless“, concerning this research. In 1892 he gave a lecture called “Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency”, in London (Available at Project Gutenberg). In 1893, at St. Louis, Missouri, Tesla gave a public demonstration of “wireless” radio communication. Addressing the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the National Electric Light Association, he described in detail the principles of radio communication.

The apparatus that Tesla used contained all the elements that were incorporated into radio systems before the development of the “oscillation valve”, the early vacuum tube. Tesla initially used sensitive electromagnetic-receivers, that were unlike the less responsive coherers later used by Marconi and other early experimenters.

Afterward, the principle of radio communication (sending signals through space to receivers) was publicized widely from Tesla’s experiments and demonstrations. Various scientists, inventors, and experimenters began to investigate wireless methods. For more information see Tesla’s wireless work.

3.1.15. Oliver Lodge

Oliver Lodge transmitted radio signals on August 14, 1894 (one year after Tesla, five years after Heinrich Hertz and one year before Marconi) at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford University. (In 1995, the Royal Society recognized this scientific breakthrough at a special ceremony at Oxford University.

On 19 August 1894 Lodge demonstrated the reception of Morse code signalling via radio waves using a “coherer”. He improved Edouard Branly’s coherer radio wave detector by adding a “trembler” which dislodged clumped filings, thus restoring the device’s sensitivity. <href=”#cite_note-8″>[9] In August 1898 he got U.S. Patent 609,154, “Electric Telegraphy”, that made wireless signals using Ruhmkorff coils or Tesla coils for the transmitter and a Branly coherer for the detector. This was key to the “syntonic” tuning concept. In 1912 Lodge sold the patent to Marconi.

3.1.16. Jagdish Chandra Bose

In November 1894, the Indian physicist, Jagdish Chandra Bose, demonstrated publicly the use of radio waves in Calcutta, but he was not interested in patenting his work. Bose ignited gunpowder and rang a bell at a distance using electromagnetic waves, proving that communication signals can be sent without using wires. He was thus the first to send and receive radio waves over a significant distance but did not commercially exploit this achievement.

The 1895 public demonstration by Bose in Calcutta was before Marconi’s wireless signalling experiment on Salisbury Plain in England in May 1897. In 1896, the Daily Chronicle of England reported on his UHF experiments: “The inventor (J.C. Bose) has transmitted signals to a distance of nearly a mile and herein lies the first and obvious and exceedingly valuable application of this new theoretical marvel.

3.1.17. Alexander Popov

Popov was the first man to demonstrate the practical applications of radio waves.

In 1895, the Russian physicist Alexander Popov built a coherer. On May 7, 1895, Popov performed a public demonstration of transmission and reception of radio waves used for communication at the Russian Physical and Chemical Society, using his coherer: this day has since been celebrated in Russia as “Radio Day”. He did not apply for a patent for this invention. Popov’s early experiments were transmissions of only 600 yards (550 m). Popov was the first to develop a practical communication system based on the coherer, and is usually considered by the Russians to have been the inventor of radio.

Around March 1896 Popov demonstrated in public the transmission of radio waves, between different campus buildings, to the Saint Petersburg Physical Society. (This was before the public demonstration of the Marconi system around September 1896). Per other accounts, however, Popov achieved these results only in December, 1897; that is, after publication of Marconi’s patent.<href=”#cite_note-15″>[16] In 1898 his signal was received 6 miles (9.7 km) away, and in 1899 30 miles away. In 1900, Popov stated at the Congress of Russian Electrical Engineers that, “the emission and reception of signals by Marconi by means of electric oscillations was nothing new, as in America Nikola Tesla did the same experiments in 1893.”

Later Popov experimented with ship-to-shore communication. Popov died in 1905 and his claim was not pressed by the Russian government until 1945.

3.1.18. Around 1895: 3-way near photo finish for first use of radio

  • In February 1893, Tesla delivers “On Light and Other High Frequency Phenomena” before the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
  • In 1895, Marconi receives a telegraph message without wires a short distance (below a mile), but he did not send his voice over the airwaves.
  • In March 1895, Popov transmitted radio waves between campus buildings in Saint Petersburg, but did not apply for a patent.
  • In 1896, Tesla detected transmissions from his New York lab of low frequency (50,000 cycles per second) un-damped waves with a receiver located at West Point, “a distance of about 30 miles (48 km).”

3.1.19. Ernest Rutherford

The New Zealander Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson was instrumental in the development of radio. In 1895 he was awarded an Exhibition of 1851 Science Research Scholarship to Cambridge. He arrived in England with a reputation as an innovator and inventor, and distinguished himself in several fields, initially by working out the electrical properties of solids and then using wireless waves as a method of signaling. Rutherford was encouraged in his work by Sir Robert Ball, who had been scientific adviser to the body maintaining lighthouses on the Irish coast; he wished to solve the difficult problem of a ship’s inability to detect a lighthouse in fog. Sensing fame and fortune, Rutherford increased the sensitivity of his apparatus until he could detect electromagnetic waves over a distance of several hundred meters. The commercial development, though, of wireless technology was left for others, as Rutherford continued purely scientific research. Thomson quickly realized that Rutherford was a researcher of exceptional ability and invited him to join in a study of the electrical conduction of gases.

3.1.20. Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi was an electrical engineer and Nobel laureate known for the development of a practical wireless telegraphy system.

In 1896, Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for radio with British Patent 12039, Improvements in Transmitting Electrical Impulses and Signals and in Apparatus There-for. This was the initial patent for the radio, though it used various earlier techniques of various other experimenters (primarily Tesla) and resembled the instrument demonstrated by others (including Popov). During this time spark-gap wireless telegraphy was widely researched.

In 1896, Bose went to London on a lecture tour and met Marconi, who was conducting wireless experiments for the British post office. In 1897, Marconi established the radio station at Niton, Isle of Wight, England. In 1897, Tesla applied for two key radio patents in the USA. Those two patents were issued in early 1900. In 1898, Marconi opened a radio factory in Hall Street, Chelmsford, England, employing around 50 people. In 1899, Bose announced his invention of the “iron-mercury-iron coherer with telephone detector” in a paper presented at Royal Society, London.

3.1.21. Julio Cervera Baviera

Recent studies in Spain credit Julio Cervera Baviera as the inventor of the radio (in 1902). Cervera Baviera obtained patents in England, Germany, Belgium, and Spain. In May-June 1899, Cervera had, with the blessing of the Spanish Army, visited Marconi’s radiotelegraphic installations on the English Channel, and worked to develop his own system. He began collaborating with Marconi on resolving the problem of a wireless communication system, obtaining some patents by the end of 1899. Cervera, who had worked with Marconi and his assistant George Kemp in 1899, resolved the difficulties of wireless telegraph and obtained his first patents prior to the end of that year. On March 22, 1902, Cervera founded the Spanish Wireless Telegraph and Telephone Corporation and brought to his corporation the patents he had obtained in Spain, Belgium, Germany and England. He established the second and third regular radiotelegraph service in the history of the world in 1901 and 1902 by maintaining regular transmissions between Tarifa and Ceuta for three consecutive months, and between Javea (Cabo de la Nao) and Ibiza (Cabo Pelado). This is after Marconi established the radiotelegraphic service between the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth in 1898. In 1906, Domenico Mazzotto wrote: “In Spain the Minister of War has applied the system perfected by the commander of military engineering, Julio Cervera Baviera (English patent No. 20084 (1899)).” Cervera thus achieved some success in this field, but his radiotelegraphic activities ceased suddenly, the reasons for which are unclear to this day.

3.2. Turn of the century

Around the turn of the century, the Slaby-Arco wireless system was developed by Adolf Slaby and Georg von Arco. In 1900, Reginald Fessenden made a weak transmission of voice over the airwaves. Around 1900, Tesla opened the Wardenclyffe Tower facility and advertised services. In 1901, Marconi conducted the first successful transatlantic experimental radio communications. In 1903, Wardenclyffe Tower neared completion. Various theories exist on how Tesla intended to achieve the goals of this wireless system (reportedly, a 200 kW system). Tesla claimed that Wardenclyffe, as part of a World System of transmitters, would have allowed secure multichannel transceiving of information, universal navigation, time synchronization, and a global location system.

In 1904, The U.S. Patent Office reversed its decision, awarding Marconi a patent for the invention of radio, possibly influenced by Marconi’s financial backers in the States, who included Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also allowed the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay the royalties that were being claimed by Tesla for use of his patents. For more information see <href=”#Marconi.27s_radio_work” title=”Invention Of Radio”>Marconi’s radio work. In 1907, Marconi established the first commercial transatlantic radio communications service, between Clifden, Ireland and Glace Bay, Newfoundland.

3.2.1. Early radio telegraphy and telephony

Donald Manson working as an employee of the Marconi Company (England, 1906)

3.2.2. British Marconi

Using various patents, the company called British Marconi was established and began communication between coast radio stations and ships at sea. This company along with its subsidiary American Marconi, had a stranglehold on ship to shore communication. It operated much the way American Telephone and Telegraph operated until 1983, owning all of its equipment and refusing to communicate with non-Marconi equipped ships. Many inventions improved the quality of radio, and amateurs experimented with uses of radio, thus the first seeds of broadcasting were planted.

3.2.3. Telefunken

The company Telefunken was founded on May 27, 1903 as “Telefunken society for wireless telefon” of Siemens & Halske (S & H) and the Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft (General Electricity Company) as joint undertakings for radio engineering in Berlin. It continued as a joint venture of AEG and Siemens AG, until Siemens left in 1941. In 1911, Kaiser Wilhelm II sent Telefunken engineers to West Sayville, New York to erect three 600-foot (180-m) radio towers there. Nikola Tesla assisted in the construction. A similar station was erected in Nauen, creating the only wireless communication between North America and Europe.

3.2.4. Reginald Fessenden

The invention of amplitude-modulated (AM) radio, so that more than one station can send signals (as opposed to spark-gap radio, where one transmitter covers the entire bandwidth of the spectrum) is attributed to Reginald Fessenden and Lee de Forest. On Christmas Eve 1906, Reginald Fessenden used an Alexanderson alternator and rotary spark-gap transmitter to make the first radio audio broadcast, from Brant Rock, Massachusetts. Ships at sea heard a broadcast that included Fessenden playing O Holy Night on the violin and reading a passage from the Bible.

3.2.5. Karl Braun

In 1909, Marconi and Karl Ferdinand Braun were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for “contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”.

3.2.6. Charles David Herrold

In April 1909 Charles David Herrold, an electronics instructor in San Jose, California constructed a broadcasting station. It used spark gap technology, but modulated the carrier frequency with the human voice, and later music. The station “San Jose Calling” (there were no call letters), continued to eventually become today’s KCBS in San Francisco. Herrold, the son of a Santa Clara Valley farmer, coined the terms “narrowcasting” and “broadcasting”, respectively to identify transmissions destined for a single receiver such as that on board a ship, and those transmissions destined for a general audience. (The term “broadcasting” had been used in farming to define the tossing of seed in all directions.) Charles Herrold did not claim to be the first to transmit the human voice, but he claimed to be the first to conduct “broadcasting”. To help the radio signal to spread in all directions, he designed some omnidirectional antennas, which he mounted on the rooftops of various buildings in San Jose. Herrold also claims to be the first broadcaster to accept advertising (he exchanged publicity for a local record store for records to play on his station), though this dubious honour usually is foisted on WEAF (1922).

In 1912, the RMS Titanic sank in the northern Atlantic Ocean. After this, wireless telegraphy using spark-gap transmitters quickly became universal on large ships. In 1913, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea was convened and produced a treaty requiring shipboard radio stations to be manned 24 hours a day. A typical high-power spark gap was a rotating commutator with six to twelve contacts per wheel, nine inches (229 mm) to a foot wide, driven by about 2000 volts DC. As the gaps made and broke contact, the radio wave was audible as a tone in a crystal set. The telegraph key often directly made and broke the 2000 volt supply. One side of the spark gap was directly connected to the antenna. Receivers with thermionic valves became commonplace before spark-gap transmitters were replaced by continuous wave transmitters.

3.2.7. Harold J. Power

On March 8, 1916, Harold Power with his radio company American Radio and Research Company (AMRAD), broadcast the first continuous broadcast in the world from Tufts University under the call sign 1XE (it lasted 3 hours). The company later became the first to broadcast on a daily schedule, and the first to broadcast radio dance programs, university professor lectures, the weather, and bedtime stories.

Audio broadcasting (1919 to 1950s)

3.2.8. Crystal sets

In the 1920s, the United States government publication, “Construction and Operation of a Simple Homemade Radio Receiving Outfit“, showed how almost any person handy with simple tools could a build an effective crystal radio receiver.

The most common type of receiver before vacuum tubes was the crystal set, although some early radios used some type of amplification through electric current or battery. Inventions of the triode amplifier, motor-generator, and detector enabled audio radio. The use of amplitude modulation (AM), with which more than one station can simultaneously send signals (as opposed to spark-gap radio, where one transmitter covers the entire bandwidth of spectra) was pioneered by Fessenden and Lee de Forest.

To this day there is a small but avid base of fans of this technology who study and practice the art and science of designing and making crystal sets as a hobby; the Boy Scouts of America have often undertaken such craft projects to introduce boys to electronics and radio, and quite a number of them having grown up remain staunch fans of a radio that ‘runs on nothing, forever’. As the only energy available is that gathered by the antenna system, there are inherent limitations on how much sound even an ideal set could produce, but with only moderately decent antenna systems remarkable performance is possible with a superior set.

3.2.9. The first vacuum tubes

During the mid 1920s, amplifying vacuum tubes (or thermionic valves in the UK) revolutionized radio receivers and transmitters. John Ambrose Fleming developed an earlier tube known as an “oscillation valve” (it was a diode). Lee De Forest placed a screen, the “grid” electrode, between the filament and plate electrode. The Dutch engineer Hanso Schotanus à Steringa Idzerda made the first regular wireless broadcast for entertainment from his home in The Hague on 6 November 1919. He broadcast his popular program four nights per week until 1924 when he ran into financial troubles.

On 27 August 1920, regular wireless broadcasts for entertainment began in Argentina, pioneered by the group around Enrique Telémaco Susini, and spark gap telegraphy stopped. On 31 August 1920 the first known radio news program was broadcast by station 8MK, the unlicensed predecessor of WWJ (AM) in Detroit, Michigan. In 1922 regular wireless broadcasts for entertainment began in the UK from the Marconi Research Centre 2MT at Writtle near Chelmsford, England. Early radios ran the entire power of the transmitter through a carbon microphone. In the 1920s, the Westinghouse company bought Lee De Forest’s and Edwin Armstrong’s patent. During the mid 1920s, Amplifying vacuum tubes (US)/thermionic valves (UK) revolutionized radio receivers and transmitters. Westinghouse engineers developed a more modern vacuum tube.

3.3. Licensed commercial public radio stations

The question of the ‘first’ publicly-targeted licensed radio station in the U.S. has more than one answer and depends on semantics. Settlement of this ‘first’ question may hang largely upon what constitutes ‘regular’ programming.

  • It is commonly attributed to KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which in October 1920 received its license and went on the air as the first US licensed commercial broadcasting station. (Their engineer Frank Conrad had been broadcasting from his own station since 1916.) Technically, KDKA was the first of several already-extant stations to receive a ‘limited commercial’ license.
  • On February 17, 1919, station 9XM at the University of Wisconsin in Madison broadcast human speech to the public at large. 9XM was first experimentally licensed in 1914, began regular Morse code transmissions in 1916, and its first music broadcast in 1917. Regularly scheduled broadcasts of voice and music began in January 1921. That station is still on the air today as WHA.
  • On August 20, 1920, at least two months before KDKA, E.W. Scripps’s WBL (now WWJ) in Detroit started broadcasting. It has carried a regular schedule of programming to the present.
  • There is the history noted above of Charles David Herrold’s radio services (eventually KCBS) going back to 1909.

Broadcasting was not yet supported by advertising or listener sponsorship. The stations owned by manufacturers and department stores were established to sell radios and those owned by newspapers to sell newspapers and express the opinions of the owners. In the 1920s, Radio was first used to transmit pictures visible as television. During the early 1930s, single sideband (SSB) and frequency modulation (FM) were invented by amateur radio operators. By 1940, they were established commercial modes.

Westinghouse was brought into the patent allies group, General Electric, American Telephone and Telegraph, and Radio Corporation of America, and became a part owner of RCA. All radios made by GE and Westinghouse were sold under the RCA label 60% GE and 40% Westinghouse. ATT’s Western Electric would build radio transmitters. The patent allies attempted to set up a monopoly, but they failed due to successful competition. Much to the dismay of the patent allies, several of the contracts for inventor’s patents held clauses protecting “amateurs” and allowing them to use the patents. Whether the competing manufacturers were really amateurs was ignored by these competitors.

US and Canadian territories

This list details the advent of radio in the United States and Canada.

State Date
US Alabama 1922
US Territory of Alaska 1924
CAN Alberta 1922
US Arizona 1922
US Arkansas 1920
CAN British Columbia 1922
US California 1921
US Colorado 1921
US Connecticut 1922
US Delaware 1922
US Florida 1921
US Georgia 1922
US Guam 1954
US Territory of Hawaii 1922
US Idaho 1922
US Illinois 1921
US Indiana 1921
US Iowa 1922
US Kansas 1922
US Kentucky 1922
US Louisiana 1922
US Maine 1922
CAN Manitoba 1922
US Maryland 1922
US Massachusetts 1920
US Michigan 1920
US Minnesota 1922
US Mississippi 1925
US Missouri 1921
US Montana 1922
US Nebraska 1921
US Nevada 1922
CAN New Brunswick 1923
US New Hampshire 1922
US New Jersey 1921
US New Mexico 1922
US New York 1922
CAN Newfoundland 1924
US North Carolina 1922
US North Dakota 1922
CAN Northwest Territories 1958
CAN Nova Scotia 1920
US Ohio 1922
US Oklahoma 1921
CAN Ontario 1922
US Oregon 1922
US Panama Canal Zone 1923
US Pennsylvania 1920
CAN Prince Edward Island 1924
US Puerto Rico 1922
CAN Quebec 1920
US Rhode Island 1922
CAN Saskatchewan 1922
US South Carolina 1930 4
US South Dakota 1922
US Tennessee 1922
US Texas 1920
US Utah 1922
US Vermont 1920
US Virginia 1923
US Washington 1920
US Washington, D.C. 1923
US West Virginia 1923
US Wisconsin 1922
US Wyoming 1930 5
CAN Yukon Territory 1923

Other countries

This list includes all other countries except the United States and Canada.

Country Date
The Netherlands 1919
Argentina 1920
Malaya 1921
Mexico 1921
New Zealand 1921
Russia 1921
Uruguay 1921
Ceylon 1922
France 1922
Switzerland 1922
Great Britain 1922
Chile 1922
Cuba 1922
Panama 1922
Venezuela 1922
Germany 1923
Czechoslovakia 1923
China 1923
Australia 1923
Brazil 1923
Belgium 1923
Denmark 1923
Finland 1923
Italy 1923
Netherlands East Indies 1923 <href=”#Notes_and_citations”>5
South Africa 1923
Spain 1923
Sweden 1923
Austria 1923
Colombia 1929
Costa Rica 1924
Estonia 1924
Lithuania 1924
Luxembourg 1924
Serbia 1924
Poland 1924
Norway 1924*
Afghanistan 1925*
Egypt 1925
Japan 1925
Fiji 1925*
Latvia 1925
Peru 1925
Portugal 1925
Romania 1925
Hungary 1925
Ireland 1925
Netherlands Antilles 1925
Croatia 1926
British Guiana 1926
Free City of Danzig 1926
Dominican Republic 1926
El Salvador 1926
Greece 1926
Guatemala 1926
Lithuania 1926
Algeria 1927*
Basutoland 1927
Belgian Congo 1927
Bolivia 1927
Dutch New Guinea 1927*
Greenland 1927
Haiti 1927
India 1927
Kenya 1927
Liberia 1927
Mauritius 1927
St. Helena 1927*
Siam 1927
Singapore 1927
Suriname 1927*
Turkey 1927
French Indochina 1927
Honduras 1928
Hong Kong 1928
Morocco 1928*
Western Samoa 1928*
Bulgaria 1929
Falkland Islands 1929 6
Mozambique 1929
North Yemen 1929*
British Honduras 1930s *?*
Bermuda 1930
Iceland 1930*
Israel 1930
Tunisia 1930*
Vatican City 1931 7
Ethiopia 1931
Madagascar 1931*
Nicaragua 1931*
Nigeria 1931
Ecuador 1931
British Leeward Islands 1932*
French West Africa 1932*
Macau 1932
Saudi Arabia 1932
Southern Rhodesia 1932
British Windward Islands 1934*
Mongolia 1934
Papua New Guinea 1934
Sierra Leone 1934
Andorra 1935*
Gold Coast 1935
Malta 1935 7
Paraguay 1936
Bahamas 1936 8*
Iraq 1936*
Gilbert and Ellice Islands 1937
Lebanon 1937
Albania 1938 9*
Cyprus 1938
Jamaica 1938
Pitcairn Islands 1938
Trinidad and Tobago 1938
French Equatorial Africa 1939
Libya 1939
Aden 1940 10
Bechuanaland 1940
British Somaliland 1940
Iran 1940*
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1940*
Bahrain 1941
Northern Rhodesia 1941
Seychelles 1945
Syria 1945
Brunei 1947*
Spanish Guinea 1947
Transjordan 1948
Nepal 1950
Sao Tome and Principe 1950
Cape Verde Islands 1951
Kuwait 1951
Tanganyika 1951
Portuguese Timor 1960
Maldives 1962
Nauru 1968 12
Qatar 1968 13
South West Africa 1969 14
Oman 1970

3.3.1. Dates of first radio stations

This is a listing of radio stations in broadcast networks. The earliest radio stations were simply radio telegraph systems which did not carry audio are not listed. The included first radio station encompass AM and FM stations; these include commercial, public and nonprofit varieties found throughout the world.

3.3.2. FM and television start

In 1933, FM radio was patented by inventor Edwin H. Armstrong. FM uses frequency modulation of the radio wave to minimize static and interference from electrical equipment and the atmosphere, in the audio program. In 1937, W1XOJ, the first experimental FM radio station, was granted a construction permit by the FCC. In the 1930s, standard analog television transmissions started in Europe, and then in the 1940s in North America.

3.3.3. Marconi/Tesla priority dispute

Main article: Invention of radio

Diagram-1: Tesla Marconi Radio model Timeline of Marconi/Tesla dispute:

In 1943, Tesla’s patent (number 645576) was reinstated as holding priority in the “invention” of modern radio by the U.S. Supreme Court shortly after Tesla’s death. The validity of the patent was never in question in the case. This decision was based on the fact that prior art existed before the establishment of Marconi’s patent. Ignoring Tesla’s prior art, the decision may have enabled the U.S. government to avoid having to pay damages that were being claimed by the Marconi Company for use of its patents during World War I (as, it is speculated, the government’s initial reversal to grant Marconi the patent right in order to nullify any claims Tesla had for compensation).

3.4. FM in Europe

After World War II, the FM radio broadcast was introduced in Germany. In 1948, a new wavelength plan was set up for Europe at a meeting in Copenhagen. Because of the recent war, Germany (which did not exist as a state and so was not invited) was only given a small number of medium-wave frequencies, which are not very good for broadcasting. For this reason Germany began broadcasting on UKW (“Ultrakurzwelle”, i.e. ultra short wave, nowadays called VHF) which was not covered by the Copenhagen plan. After some amplitude modulation experience with VHF, it was realized that FM radio was a much better alternative for VHF radio than AM. Because of this history FM Radio is still referred to as “UKW Radio” in Germany. Other European nations followed a bit later, when the superior sound quality of FM and the ability to run many more local stations because of the more limited range of VHF broadcasts were realized.

3.5. Later 20th century developments

In 1954 Regency introduced a pocket transistor radio, the TR-1, powered by a “standard 22.5V Battery”. In the early 1960s, VOR systems finally became widespread for aircraft navigation; before that, aircraft used commercial AM radio stations for navigation. (AM stations are still marked on U.S. aviation charts). In 1960 Sony introduced their first transistorized radio, small enough to fit in a vest pocket, and able to be powered by a small battery. It was durable, because there were no tubes to burn out. Over the next twenty years, transistors displaced tubes almost completely except for very high power, or very high frequency, uses.

3.5.1. Color television and digital

  • 1963: Color television was commercially transmitted, and the first (radio) communication satellite, Telstar, was launched.
  • Late 1960s: The USA long-distance telephone network began to convert to a digital network, employing digital radios for many of its links.
  • 1970s: LORAN became the premier radio navigation system. Soon, the U.S. Navy experimented with satellite navigation.
  • 1987: The GPS constellation of satellites was launched.
  • Early 1990s: amateur radio experimenters began to use personal computers with audio cards to process radio signals.
  • 1994: The U.S. Army and DARPA launched an aggressive successful project to construct a software radio that could become a different radio on the fly by changing software.
  • Late 1990s: Digital transmissions began to be applied to broadcasting.

3.5.2. Telex on radio

Telegraphy did not go away on radio. Instead, the degree of automation increased. On land-lines in the 1930s, Teletypewriters automated encoding, and were adapted to pulse-code dialing to automate routing, a service called telex. For thirty years, telex was the absolute cheapest fo