First Commercial TV Broadcast
By Isaac Muñoz
The invention of the television was the work of many individuals in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Individuals and corporations competed in various parts of the world to deliver a device that superseded previous technology.
TV recording at the Broadcasting Exhibition, 1939
RCA offered four types of television receivers for sale to in 1939, the TRK-12, the TRK-9, the TRK-5, and the TT-5
A photograph of an early telecast from the 1939 Worlds Fair
Impact on America
In 1939, RCA televised the opening of the New York World's Fair, including a speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was the first president to appear on television.By 1941 the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), RCA's main competition in radio, was broadcasting two 15-minute newscasts a day to a tiny audience on its New York television station.
USA TV Broadcast From 1939 (no sound)