[opendtv] Broadcasting is 100 years old

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 14:41:23 -0800

Unless I've done something wrong with my math, within an hour of my sending
this message, "broadcasting" will be 100 years old.


Broadcasting in the sense of electronic wireless communications transmitted
from a single point and intended for simultaneous reception by members of
the general public at multiple locations.


The event was of course the transmission, on Cape Cod, on the evening of
December 26, 1906, by Professor Reginald E. Fessenden, of poetry and a
musical selection.  Not a single dot-dash.


Since there were few to none receivers (the Audion tube was a few years in
the future), I've never heard of any reception reports.


May broadcasting's next 100 years be as dynamic and prolific as the last


John Willkie


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