The Golden Age for Radios
How the radio changed communication and entertainment
How did the radio become popular in the 1930's?
At the start of the 1930's the radio was owned by about 12 million household Americans around the country. By 1939, the radio exploded to over 28 million Americans having the radio. As technoloogy improved radios became smaller and cheaper. They became the central piece of furniture for many homes living rooms. Many people believe it became so popular because it united many communities and people. It wasn't virtual, but it brought people together.
What was on the Radio?
Many different things were on the radio in the 1930's. First, the radio had music from Bill Crosby and other famous artists. There was comedy from comedians like Jack Benny and Fred Allen. Also, there was soap opera and with soap opera people could sympathize and love the characters. The series 'Our Gal Sunday' was about a small town finding love with a wealthy Englishman. Many young girls loved this. Radio programs also provided a source of inspiration, with heroes like The Lone Ranger and The Shadow. But the radio also promoted family values and beliefs with the show 'One Man Family'. Finally, the radio would have sporting events and news for people to listen and to engage into.
How important Radios were during The Great Depression
In 1929 a radio costed around $150. Four years later the price changed to around $50. Although, advancements were made in the radio the price went down due to the Great Depression. Many people lost their jobs, lost their money, and were slowly falling apart. But the radio ultimately connected people through laughter, crying, sports, news, and other genres. President Roosevelt made his "New Deal" speech through radios so people could hear what the countries plan was through the Great Depression.
Emergency Broadcasting focuses on key moments in the history of early radio in order to come to an understanding of the role voice played in radio to describe national crises, a fictional invasion from outer space, and general entertainment. Taking the Hindenburg disaster, The War of the Worlds hoax, Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Chats, and the serial mystery The Shadow as his focal points, Edward Miller illustrates how the radio, for the first time, instantly communicated to a mass audience, and how that communication—where the voice counts more than the image—is still at work today in television and the World Wide Web.
The Radio Changes to TV
After its formal introduction at the 1939 World’s Fair, the first real commercial televisions became widely available. However, many networks like NBC and CBS had already been broadcasting for several years. Radio networks were quickly adjusting their studios to accommodate the new medium.Sets were large pieces of equipment with about 12 inch screens. They cost about $400 to $500 and the average household income was about $1300 a year.
The Radios Impact on Society
Radio has transformed society three times, not to mention giving birth to the entire field of electronics. Perhaps no invention of modern times has delivered so much while initially promising so little. When radio arrived at the end of the 19th century, few thought that “wireless” communications, in which signals could be sent through the air over long distances. This would be competitive in a world dominated by the telegraph and telephone.