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Department
Communication Studies
Course
CS100
Professor
Martin Morris
Semester
Fall

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CS 100B INTRODUCTION TO MEDIAHISTORY WINTER, 2014 Dr. Martin Morris 7. Radio Days Recap: Communications developments of the 19 Century th o 1815: 3000 post offices in US o 1837: Morse exhibits electric telegraph in US o Telegraph is an electric code (electric pulses) consisting of dots and dashes o 1838: Daguerre­Niepce develop the photograph — All of these technologies become interrelated (radio, TV, cinema, telegraph etc) o 1876: Bell invents the telephone o 1894 Marconi invents wireless technology — the 19  century was a very productive period for media technologies Wireless culture: Radio o 1910’s 20’s and 30’s, “wireless technology” became radio o Radio and telephone have interwined histories and these histories are related to  the history of the telegraph as well  Individual histories of individual media like radio and telephone are  separate (can talk about one technology without it being dependent of another) o The technological development of TV has a lot to do with radio however (‘radio  with pictures’) o Radio has intertwined history with the telephone o  “wireless”  Marks it different from other popular forms of media 1  Created many genres like sitcom or soap opera and news cast. These forms  started with radio. Live sporting events, chat shows etc. o the telephone was the early “broadcast” medium  From one place to many places – from ship to shore for ships docked in  the harbor  Telephone was conceived early on as a broadcast medium Telefon Hírmondó (see Wikipedia entry for more details) o 1890’s to 1920, Budapest o 9:30­10:00: latest news, train departures o 10:00­10:30: report of the stock exchange o 10:30­11:00: review of the daily newspapers o 11:15­11:30: theatre news, sports and local news o 11:30­12:00: parliamentary foreign provincial news o “about 6pm”: presentation from the royal Hungarian opera house With radio, we get the first true broadcast medium Introduction April 14
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