BW – EP75: We Are Echoes—The Birth Of Radio (1887 – 1912) Remastered

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In our remastered Breaking Walls Episode 75 we go back in time to the beginning of radio to tell the story of how this medium began. This episode was originally released on 2/1/2018.


* Why the Blizzard of 1888 played such an important role in the need for wireless telegraphy
* Who Was Heinrich Hertz? What experiment made him the father of Hertzian Waves?
* What Oliver Lodge, Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, and Amos DollBear have in common
* Guglielmo Marconi, father of radio?
* The benefits to wireless telegraphy
* David Sarnoff — His start between 1900 – 1906
* Why the press want to get involved
* Lee Deforest — Inventor, Fraud, or both?
* What incredibly important event happened in December of 1901 in New Foundland
* Why the American Government wanted to regulate wireless telegraphy
* Reginald Fessenden, Christmas Eve, Oh Holy Night, and Brant Rock
* The Titanic Disaster — How it changed wireless telegraphy forever
* The Radio Box Memo
* What’s next?


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A tremendous thank you to today’s cast:
Samantha De Gracia
Olga Lysenko
Justin Peele
Nancy Pop
Fernando Sanabria
William Schallert &
John Stephenson

The reading material used in today’s episode was:
• Inventing American Broadcasting 1899-1922 by Susan J. Douglas
• Empire of the Air by Tom Lewis
• A Pictorial History of Radio’s First 75 Years by B. Eric Rhoads
• Hello Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio by Anthony Rudel &
• The Network by Scott Woolley

The interview clips in today’s open:

• Chuck Schaden, who’s interviews can be found at and

• Dick Bertel and the late Ed Corcoran’s Golden Age of Radio program that ran on Hartford, CT’s WTIC in the 1970s, who’s interviews can be found at

Todays’ introduction music of Clair de lune was arranged for harp and vibraphone by David DePeters and played by Elizabeth Hainen. You can pick up her album, Home: Works for Solo Harp on iTunes and Amazon, and listen on Spotify and Pandora. Her website is and she is on youtube @Elizabethhainenharp

I’d also like to thank Walden Hughes and John and Larry Gassman of SPERDVAC –

That thank you also extends to the late Les Tremayne and late Jack Brown for their wonderful 1986 documentary series, Please Stand By: A History of Radio.

Thank you to:
Tony Adams
Steven Allmon
Orson Orsen Chandler
Briana Isaac
Thomas M. Joyce
Ryan Kramer
Barry Nadler
Christian Neuhaus
Aimee Pavy

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