Top 10 Radio Milestones

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Updated on 25 Mar, 2018 at 1:51 am


Here are top 10 radio milestones. Take a look.

1. 1896

On 2 June 1896, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi applies for first British wireless patent.


2. 1906


24 December, first radio programme (music and speech) broadcast by professor Reginald Fessenden from the US coast and received by ships. The first radios were crystal sets, operated by adjusting metal wires known as cat’s whiskers.

3. 1920

15 June, Marconi broadcasts a concert by opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.


4. 1922

18 October, BBC (British Broadcasting Company) founded. 14 Nov, first BBC broadcast made – the six o’clock news read by Arthur Burrows.

5. 1926

24 January, launch of The Week’s Good Cause, the BBC’s longest-running programme.


6. 1933

28 August, first BBC woman announcer, Sheila Borrett.

7. 1939 – 45

During World War II the BBC provides information and stirring speeches from Winston Churchill and other wartime leaders.


8. 1993

First Internet radio broadcasts.

9. 1995

First experimental DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) in the UK. DAB gives listeners better quality reception, easy tuning, and text information.


10. 2005

BBC radio begins to make programmes available as podcasts that can be downloaded to computers, MP3 and DAB players.



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