A Brief History of Broadcast

Edward R. MurrowFrom the humble beginnings of American radio in 1906 to the development of satellite radio today, broadcast has undergone enormous changes in a little over a century.

Broadcast is ever changing and always exciting. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the roots of broadcast journalism and one of its greats, as presented by CBS and Historynet.com

It was not until 1935 that FM radio was developed. This was the same year that a man by the name of Edward Roscoe Murrow took a job as the director of talks with CBS. At the time CBS was the largest radio network in the country with 97 stations.

By 1937 Murrow had moved to London and for the first time he began his program with the line, “This is London.” While it seems that Murrow was just doing his job, he was also making history. It was the first time that a reporter in the field had communicated with a central anchor in New York to turn out a daily national broadcast. The program was later named “World News Roundup.”

Take a minute to listen to this original broadcast by Edward R. Murrow, found on www.youtube.com.

Remember that he reported on the war and sensitive topics, this broadcast in particular is on the liberation of Buchenwald.

By the 1940’s the potential of radio to bring news to the masses was finally recognized. With Murrow in Europe covering the war 65 percent of people felt that the radio was their best source of news.

After the war Murrow moved back to the states and went on to host a popular television news documentary series called “See it Now.” With that the rest is history.

The value of broadcast journalism proved itself during World War I and even with the rise of television in the ‘50’s the importance of radio was not forgotten.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the history of radio broadcast, check out this great timeline from www.cbs.com.

- Samantha Kopet CJ222

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One Response to A Brief History of Broadcast

  1. scoopie13 says:

    This was a very interesting post. It reminded me a lot of Cj 105.

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