1920 in radio

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1920 in radio details the internationally significant events in radio broadcasting for the year 1920.

Events[edit]

  • In January the first informal and spasmodic broadcasts in Great Britain are made by the Marconi Company from Chelmsford. These broadcasts include both speech and music.[1]
  • Radio 2XG (see 1919) is forced to close down after Lee De Forest moves the station from the Bronx (where it was licensed) to Manhattan (where it was not).[1]
  • 23 February to 6 March – The Marconi Company broadcasts from Chelmsford a series of 30-minute shows repeated twice daily. These include live music performances.[1]
  • 15 June – Dame Nellie Melba is the first professional artiste to broadcast in Britain.[1]
  • 20 August – Station 8MK in Detroit is the first in the world to broadcast news bulletins. The news in compiled from reports supplied by the Detroit News.[1]
  • 27 August – Sociedad Radio Argentina airs a live performance of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal from the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires. Only about twenty homes in the city have a receiver with which to tune into the broadcast.
  • November – The broadcasts from Chelmsford cease after it is claimed they interfere with aircraft and ship communications.[1] (See also 1922)

Debuts[edit]

  • 2 November – KDKA in Pittsburgh begins broadcasting as the first commercial radio station in the United States.
  • 19 December – WBT in Charlotte begins broadcasting as experimental station 4XD.

Births[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f The Shell Book of Firsts, 1983. pp. 145–8
  2. ^ a b c Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8.

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