BROADCASTING BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1920

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Dr. Frank Conrad (above), assistant chief engineer of Westinghouse Electric, developed the technology that made KDKA Radio possible. He constructed a transmitter and installed it in a garage near his home in 1916. The station was licensed originally as 8XK with a power of 100 watts.

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A makeshift studio located in a shack atop one of the Westinghouse Electric buildings in East Pittsburgh. 

On Tuesday, November 2, 1920, election night, four men (pictured above) compiled election returns received via wired-telephone from the newsroom at the Pittsburgh
Post newspaper. It is estimated that between 500 and 1000 listeners heard this
broadcast of the world’s first commercial radio station.

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Harold W. Arlin, first full-time KDKA announcer

 

(Possible reenactment)

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