FIRST BROADCASTERS USED PHONE (Sep, 1933)

FIRST BROADCASTERS USED PHONE

Who were the earliest broadcasters? Ten years before the first radio programs were put on the air, a group in Chicago., 111., regularly delivered musical programs and news bulletins over the telephone lines of many subscribers. The rare old photograph reproduced below shows these pioneers broadcasting from their studio. Each singer is holding a microphone, while other individual microphones are attached to the instruments. To listen to the music, a subscriber had merely to sit beside the telephone and hold the receiver to his ear. If he received a ‘phone call while listening, the musical program was automatically disconnected.

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  1. jayessell says: February 4, 20075:55 pm

    So…. Pay Per Listen?

    As long as it doesn’t interfere with incoming or outgoing calls, they should have that again!

  2. Working Pathways » 20th Century Phonecasters says: February 6, 20079:13 am

    [...] 20th Century Phonecasters “To listen to the music, a subscriber had merely to sit beside the telephone and hold the receiver to his ear.” – Popular Science September 1933 February 6, 2007 at 12:13 pm by Garrick Van Buren Tags: Podcasting [...]

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