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This book chronicles the history of radio as technology and as media. Radio grew from a clumsy, temperamental form of wireless telegraph to a system that is so ubiquitous and easy to use that it has disappeared to users as a technology and became part of the fabric of human existence. This biography charts the growth of the technical end of radio, starting with the history of electricity, and moving through the invention of vacuum tubes, the heterodyne, FM, transistors, and microchips. But the history of radio is not just wires and electricity—it's the story of strange characters, deep thinkers, visionary mystics, hyperactive minds, ambitious souls, power hungry demagogues, and utopian humanists; all of whom strove to make radio into what they thought it should be.

In addition, Radio: The Life Story of a Technology looks at the technology as a cultural phenomenon, including the corporate aspects and history of the business of radio. In the middle of the 20th century people saw that radio could be used as an agent of social change, both good and bad. The transition of radio from private corporate device to public news provider to entertainment box back to political tool is at the heart of this work.

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Regal (American history, history of science and technology, TCI College of Technology) chronicles the history of radio as technology and as media, from the invention of vacuum tubes and microchips through the visionary mystics and power hungry demagogues who strove to make radio what they thought it should be. He looks at radio as a cultural phenomenon and as a business, and, in a final chapter, explores the impact of current technologies such as the Internet and iPod on radio. B&w photos, a timeline, and a glossary are included.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Regal (American history, history of science and technology, TCI College of Technology) chronicles the history of radio as technology and as media, from the invention of vacuum tubes and microchips through the visionary mystics and power hungry demagogues who strove to make radio what they thought it should be. He looks at radio as a cultural phenomenon and as a business, and, in a final chapter, explores the impact of current technologies such as the Internet and iPod on radio. B&w photos, a timeline, and a glossary are included. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book chronicles the history of radio as technology and as media. Radio grew from a clumsy, temperamental form of wireless telegraph to a system that is so ubiquitous and easy to use that it has disappeared to users as a technology and became part of the fabric of human existence. This biography charts the growth of the technical end of radio, starting with the history of electricity, and moving through the invention of vacuum tubes, the heterodyne, FM, transistors, and microchips. But the history of radio is not just wires and electricity--it's the story of strange characters, deep thinkers, visionary mystics, hyperactive minds, ambitious souls, power hungry demagogues, and utopian humanists; all of whom strove to make radio into what they thought it should be. In addition, Radio: The Life Story of a Technology looks at the technology as a cultural phenomenon, including the corporate aspects and history of the business of radio. In the middle of the 20th century people saw that radio could be used as an agent of social change, both good and bad. The transition of radio from private corporate device to public news provider to entertainment box back to political tool is at the heart of this work.

Synopsis:

Tells the story of radio as two parallel parts--as a part of technology, and as part of culture.

About the Author

BRIAN REGAL teaches American history and the history of science and technology at the TCI College of Technology in New York--the school originally founded by Guglielmo Marconi in 1909. His previous publications include Henry Fairfield Osborn: Race and the Search for the Origins of Man (Ashgate, 2002) and Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates (ABC-CLIO, 2004). His most recent article is "Maxwell Perkins Editor of Eugenics" in The Princeton University Library Chronicle (February, 2005).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313331671
Author:
Regal, Brian
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Radio
Subject:
Radio - History & Criticism
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Radio -- History.
Subject:
Communications-Radio
Series:
Greenwood Technographies
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.52x6.50x.73 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Greenwood Press - English 9780313331671 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This book chronicles the history of radio as technology and as media. Radio grew from a clumsy, temperamental form of wireless telegraph to a system that is so ubiquitous and easy to use that it has disappeared to users as a technology and became part of the fabric of human existence. This biography charts the growth of the technical end of radio, starting with the history of electricity, and moving through the invention of vacuum tubes, the heterodyne, FM, transistors, and microchips. But the history of radio is not just wires and electricity--it's the story of strange characters, deep thinkers, visionary mystics, hyperactive minds, ambitious souls, power hungry demagogues, and utopian humanists; all of whom strove to make radio into what they thought it should be. In addition, Radio: The Life Story of a Technology looks at the technology as a cultural phenomenon, including the corporate aspects and history of the business of radio. In the middle of the 20th century people saw that radio could be used as an agent of social change, both good and bad. The transition of radio from private corporate device to public news provider to entertainment box back to political tool is at the heart of this work.
"Synopsis" by , Tells the story of radio as two parallel parts--as a part of technology, and as part of culture.
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