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  • The idea of the radio was first invented by Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor during the 1890s.
  • At that time many other inventors from the United States and Russia were also working on the same system.

Today the use of radio is restricted to listening to FM and other radio channels on the go. But the main limelight now has been grabbed by the internet, computers, and television. However, long before television was introduced, radio enjoyed a supremacy unmatched by any other mediums during the 30s and 40s. Before that telegrams and print media had already enhanced the reach of communication .

The World Radio Day is celebrated every year on February 13, today. Know about its amazing history and its evolution over the years.

Marconi patented a wireless communication system

The idea of the radio was first invented by Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor during the 1890s. The idea gained momentum when in 1895 he was successful at sending wireless Morse Code messages to someone who was one kilometre away. After continuous hard work and experiment he finally received the official British patent for the wireless telegraph system which later on came to be known as radio.

At that time many other inventors from the United States and Russia were also working on the same system but Marconi had the right connections both political and business-wise and hence was successful at quickly getting the patent on his name. Within a few years around four competing wireless systems came into existence.

After the resources of Marconi were sold to General Electric in 1919, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) that was headed by David Sarnoff, a former employee of Marconi was formed. Thus began the radio boom and within a month people found it as an indispensable medium for entertainment programs and receiving news. The NBC network grew wide and far and despite the World War, the Golden Age of Radio continued during the 1930s with around 80% of people in the United States becoming a proud owner of a radio.

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