First Commercial TV Broadcast

By Isaac Muñoz

Why is it such a big deal?

It first started with the radio programming in the 1920s and was privately owned by the corporate media. After a couple of years in turned into watching it on a screen. It contrasted with the public television model in Europe during the 1930-1950s.

Background Info

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 Individuals and corporations competed in various parts of the world to deliver a device that superseded previous technology.

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.

Impact on American Literature

Arrangements in which television stations carried more than one network on its main signal were more common between the 1940s and the 1960s, although some arrangements continued as late as 2010.
USA TV Broadcast From 1939 (no sound)