Wired takes a scenic drive through the "bumpy" history of in-car entertainment

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 12:15pm

Car radio history

From the earliest 1930s AM radio models to web-connected, Bluetooth-sporting, Pandora-playing touchscreens, in-car entertainment has come a long way. Wired takes a roadtrip through the often "bumpy" history of car radios and audio systems with a new photo gallery, found here.

The publication highlights the first AM/FM car radio (1953), the 8-track tape player (1965), cassette players, iPod integration solutions and of course Pandora and the coming "new era of in-car entertainment."

This just in! Radio to kill newspaper industry!

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 11:00am

Step back with us (and the Smithsonian Magazine blog) to the 1938 issue of Short Wave and Television. A story in that issue, "Radio to Print News Right in Your Home," was a report that developers were testing a system to deliver data over radio waves to print a newspaper right in your home! (The image shows the cover of the same publication, but from an issue 4 years earlier. We particularly enjoy the idea that the cover story was apparently on page 590... pity the postman delivering that magazine.)

Certainly such an invention would decimate the traditional newspaper industry. (In fact, it's our opinion that if you didn't buy it from a one-legged paperboy on the corner, it's really not "news.")

Smithsonian writes, "This invention of a wireless fax, as it were, was credited to W.G. H. Finch and used radio spectrum that was otherwise unused during the late-night hours when most Americans were sleeping. The FCC granted a special license for these transmissions to occur between midnight and 6am, though it would seem that a noisy printing device in your house cranking away in the middle of the night might have been the fatal flaw in their system. It wasn’t exactly a fast delivery either, as the article notes that it takes 'a few hours' for the machine to produce your wireless fax newspaper."

Also, "battles between formats would continue right on into the 21st century as the fight over newspaper paywalls, cord-cutters, and ebooks continues to dramatically shift our media landscape."

There's more, and some great images, in Smithsonian here.

Friday fun: Sonos' "The History of Radio" timeline

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 11:25am

Streaming radio device manufacturer Sonos has a pretty neat graphic in its Sonos Blog. "The History of Radio" is a winding timeline beginning in 1892 with Tesla's first experiments, through the evolution of the radio industry, up to today's latest technology.

The timeline is divided into six segments, the last of which begins in 1990 with the Birth of Internet Radio.

Read the Sonos Blog and see "The History of Radio" here (or click the image, which is a fragment of the entire chart).



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