Ham radio operator Diego Serrão was the pioneer in T&T broadcasting.
On January 10th, 1935, Serrão conducted tests for a two-way radio conversation between Trinidad and Barbados, in preparation for Bajans receiving cricket commentary on a Test match in Port-of-Spain.
Seven days later, from his home at #1 Broome Street, Woodbrook, Serrão transmitted full commentary of the cricket match at regular intervals.
This marked the colony's first licensed radio broadcast.
Around this same time, station VP3CA by Cyril Alonzo operated illegally as a pirate station to broadcast the first MCC cricket match with the West Indies. His wireless apparatus was seized by the government.
In 2010, Serrão was posthumously honoured by the T&T Publishers and Broadcasters Association at their 7th Annual Dinner and Awards for Media Excellence.
RADIO HISTORY! In episode 82, learn about the radio broadcasting industry in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Let James Scully guide you on a trip into radio history..fascinating stuff!!!
In just a few days, I’ll be back in LA, and I can’t wait to see everyone again!
BUT I can’t leave the Garden State without checking another weird NJ place off my list.
The infamous 1938 radio broadcast of +War of the Worlds+ begins with the Martians landing in Grover’s Mill in Jersey. Although history has exaggerated the broadcast’s effects on the public, it is still true that several people who heard it were really convinced Earth was under attack.
The township erected a plaque to commemorate this broadcast and its place in history. Hats off to the blending of real and fictional spaces!
Here is a neat little piece of radio 📻 history: The Philco 42-340 Tube Radio. Produced in Philadelphia by Philco, the leader of the radio industry at the time, between 1941–1942 only, with 26,750 radios made, this was what many Americans used to listen to classic radio programming like Red Ryder, The Cisco Kid, The Army Hour—and other WWII news programs. .
This one is currently available on our @ebay store! Link in bio.
Our #WCW is media mogul Dorothy Bullitt. In the fledgling days of radio and TV, there was no one more powerful in the Pacific Northwest than Dorothy Bullitt. When she died on June 27, 1989, she had amassed the most valuable privately held media company on the West Coast! In the 1930’s, she purchased a small radio station, rebranded it KING and directed that it only play classical music (it remains one of the top 5 classical stations in the US). Later she bought the only TV station in the Northwest and became the first woman in America to buy and manage a TV station. She was a true pioneer!