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We've come a long way in radio's first century. The history of radio and radio technology is interesting, sometimes controversial, and always makes good reading. "Larger than life" personalities, legal battles and other fascinating situations existed throughout the development of radio. The links below can help explore this history -- good luck and enjoy finding out more about this varied and interesting subject by clicking on some of the links below! Also, check out our selection of radio history books below.

Radio History Links

Radio History Books

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On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, by John Dunning. Hardcover, 840 pages (May 1998).

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Crystal Radio: History, Fundamentals, and Design, by P. A. Kinzie. Hardcover - 121 pages (January 1996).

The Early History of Radio: From Faraday to Marconi (Iee History of Technology, No 20) , by G. R. M. Garratt. Hardcover, 96 pages (December 1994).

A History of Telegraphy: Its History and Technology, by Ken Beauchamp. PHardcover - 408 pages (June 15, 2001).

Inventing American Broadcasting 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) , by Susan J. Douglas. Paperback: 400 pages (January 1997).

Wireless : From Marconi's Black-Box to the Audion, by Sungook Hong. Hardcover: 272 pages (October 1, 2001).

70 Years of Radio Tubes and Valves: A Guide for Electronic Engineers, Historians and Collectors, by John W. Stokes. Paperback: 263 pages (July 1997).

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History of Telecommunications Technology, by Christopher H. Sterling, George Shiers. Hardcover: 336 pages (May 24, 2000).


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