A History of the Airwaves
By Gordon Bathgate
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This book examines the history of radio and traces its development from theories advanced by James Clerk Maxwell and Heinrich Hertz to the first practical demonstrations by Guglielmo Marconi and his experimental transmissions over a century ago. There is note of UK radio amateurs broadcasting on 2LO, with its transmitter power of 100 watts. It looks back to the pioneering broadcasts of the BBC, examines the development of broadcast networks in North America and around the world. It spotlights radio's role in the Second World War.
Radio Broadcasting is very wide ranging, featuring the radio programmes and radio personalities that made a considerable impact on the listeners during the 'Golden Era'. It also examines how radio, faced by competition from its electronic progenitor - television, adapted and survived. It discusses how radio has continued to thrive despite increased competition from mobile phones, computers, mp3 players and smart speakers. The book even looks to the future and speculates how radio will fare in a multi-platform future.
It is true to say that Radio Broadcasting is a fascinating read. For those who want know about the development of radio broadcasting from the early experimenters to the current digital-age it provides a mixture of technical detail and history.
Size: 155x 231mm, 224 pages