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Edwin Howard Armstrong is featured in Ken Burns “Empire of the Air Documentary”.  Click Here

Ken Burns: Empire of the Air ; The Men Who Made Radio

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Ken Burns: Empire of the Air - The Men Who Made Radio

For 50 years radio dominated the airwaves and the American consciousness as the first “mass medium.” In Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, Ken Burns examines the lives of three extraordinary men who shared the primary responsibility for this invention and its early success, and whose genius, friendship, rivalry and enmity interacted in tragic ways. This is the story of Lee de Forest, a clergyman’s flamboyant son, who invented the audion tube; Edwin Howard Armstrong, a brilliant, withdrawn inventor who pioneered FM technology; and David Sarnoff, a hard-driving Russian immigrant who created the most powerful communications company on earth.

Against the backdrop of radio’s “Golden Age,” Empire of the Air relates the history of radio through archival photographs, newsreels of the period and interviews with such well-known radio personalities as Garrison Keillor, the late sports commentator Red Barber, radio dramatist Norman Corwin and the late broadcast historian Erik Barnouw.

America’s  one and only “superstation”.

For a Brief Time in the 1930s, Radio Station WLW in Ohio Became America’s One and Only “Super Station.”

 

Appalachian  Journey with Alan Lomax

Olive Dame Campbell Musical historian and founder of John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC

 

 

 

 

Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time.

Click on phonograph photo to go to PBS’  page

AMERICAN EPIC three-part historical documentary will air in the U.S. on PBS on Tuesdays May 16, 23 and 30 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

British documentary about record making.

 

 

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