As we approach the year 2020, we mark the official 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting. Although radio had been around for many years prior, most of these communications were in Morse Code for the benefit of ships at sea and in waterways surrounding the United States. Only a few times was voice actually transmitted rather than dots and dashes of Morse Code.
But on November 2, 1920, radio station KDKA in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania broadcast election returns of the Harding-Cox presidential election. This is considered to be the first "radio broadcast" of the modern era. Although Dr. Frank Conrad who set up KDKA for Westinghouse, had broadcast phonograph music and banter from the garage where he was transmitting from, the election day broadcast of 1920 ushered in the beginning of radio as we know it.
As we approach the centennial of radio broadcasting, we will add more to this story and include many historic facts and dates important to radio history. So please stay tuned!