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Radio Inspires

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Inspired by Orson Welles

Volume 3, Issue 8, August 15, 2013

In the 1920’s the Scottish, Russians, and Germans were ahead of their time and had already invented and invested their time in the creation of television. Investing in a multi-faceted piece of mechanical, electrical, and optical technology that could receive and transmit images and sound through radio-waves onto a screening device was the technology born of foreigner’s ingenuity. The first actual television was invented in 1884 by Paul Gottieb Nipkow and in 1907 the first CRT device or television was created in 1907 by Boris Rosing. In 1926, J.L. Baird a Scottish inventor built his own television system.

The US didn’t start creatively thinking about the television screen or CRT tube that maintained an analog system until the 1930’s after the Olympic Games in Germany, and it is when they started collaborations with the Germans to build radio stations and in the United States.

It was the inspiration of the Mercury Broadcasting telecast that opened up a cusp of innovative technology. The first and most volatile of the cusps and the most viable bursts of new technology emerged in the US when they broadcasted the radio show of Orson Welles, “War of the Worlds” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0K4ApWl4g). This broadcast alone ignited a blaze of creativity and imagination with inventors and engineers here in the US to create and bring television into the homes of American households. Imagine, hearing the words of Orson Welles and being duped into thinking it was the end of the world, and that the United States was being invaded by space aliens, therefore, it caused and left people with a sinking feeling of it being the end of the world. A voice so powerful, strong, and quite frankly believable that it brought millions of households together that were glued to the radio, listening to the broadcast. This powerful and extraordinary event in history propelled Orson Welles into a voyage in his career that was going to change the course of history in the United States with the evolution of television and theatrical imagery. Orson Welles was the catalyst that moved and inspired countless producers and theatrical events in our history with his powerful and inspirational performance. This was the inspiration of “Radio and Orson Welles.”

The blaze raged into the first television being televised by radio-waves and a CRT unit was in the 1940’s. By 1941 there were a million TV sets in the first creation was a bulky CRT tube framed in a cabinet with its electrical and mechanical framing. The first television only was broadcasted in Black and white then to color in the 1980’s. This was also an inpiration for the computer.

Just like television evolved in the 1980’s to color from black and white, the style of the television changed into a flat screen Plasma’s in 1964, through a joint collaboration with two professors Donald Bitzer and Gene Slottow with the University of Illinois. Panasonic went a step further and in 1997 began selling Flat screen TV’s. The television went into a blitz of further evolutionary changes into high definition, LCD’s, LED’s, Blu-ray, and finally totally digital with a digital receiving system at the ready instead of the radio-transmission receivers that they had in past history.

At the time congress was contemplating transition of television platforms to digital to have the ability to have a high quality signaling system in place that is when the FCC began to oversee broadcasting and the improved and enhanced quality of television broadcasts was born in the United States and it was nationally mandated in June 2009, that all broadcasts be converted into digital television receivers and analog became obsolete.

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