As I write this I’m listening to CKWW a “one lung” 500 watt AM radio station in Windsor Ontario. They play “Oldies”from the 1960s through the 1970s. Fairly unusual these days since it seems like all AM stations have gone the “Talk” format. This one has local DJs as well. And I am listening on a Hallicrafters S40 receiver made in the late 1940s.
It was the invention of the thermionic valve (vacuum tube) by John Ambrose Fleming and the Audion by Lee DeForest that turned Wireless into Radio. From the very beginning radio in this country was a commercial venture with no government broadcasting by any station. IE no CBC or BBC or NHK etc. Making this country probably the only country where that is the case. Though Wireless was purely commercial as well.
Nearly all the first radio stations were run or originated or affiliated with some commercial…
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