To appreciate the scope and width of Internet Radio one must travel back in time when radio was but a thought in the minds of men. With any great advance in technology there is first an idea that is formed along with an internal drive that overcomes heartache, ridicule, disappointment, and any other obstacles that may stand in the way. Such was the case when Reginald Fessenden transmitted the first human voice on Christmas Eve in 1906 from Brant Rock, Massachusetts to ships in the Atlantic Ocean. What a surprise it must have been for the Morse code operators when the sounds of dots and dashes were suddenly replaced by a human voice. Thus was the beginning of radio broad casting, a feat that would change the world forever.
On Nov. 2, 1920, KDKA owned by Westinghouse became the first commercial radio station to broadcast from Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1920 the Presidential race between Warren Harding and James Cox would be decided on Nov. 2. Westinghouse wanted to show that the results of the election could be broadcast to the masses before anyone read it in the newspaper thus proving to the population that radio was a necessary tool that could reach far and wide with the current events of the day.
Four years later there were approximately 600 commercial stations in the United States. The first commercial advertisement was heard via radio from New York City in 1922. NBC was formed by RCA in 1926 and in 1927 the nation was able to listen to the Rose Bowl from Pasadena, California.
With the advent of radio broadcasting the world became somewhat smaller. Radio stations began to broadcast the latest news from across the nation and around the world. The music of the day was wafting its way through the atmosphere bringing entertainment to millions. Mysteries, westerns, and comedy now enabled families to gather around the radio and listen to their favorite programs. Sporting events such as the World Series and heavyweight fights allowed listeners to hear play by play and punch by punch action. When Joe Lewis was fighting for the Heavyweight Championship of the World individuals thousands of miles away could be at ringside because of radio. The flight of Charles Linbergh, the Hindenberg disaster, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the famous speech made by President Roosevelt on Dec. 8, 1941 were all broadcast to the multitudes by radio.
In the 106 years since the first broadcast of a human voice to ships in the Atlantic Ocean, technology has enabled billions of people around the globe to hear the magical sounds that come forth from radio. Individuals must look back from where the journey began to understand where one is now. Radio has evolved from a crude devise that transmitted from the coast of Massachusetts to a single click of a mouse on a computer or by tapping the screen on a smart phone. No longer is broadcasting strictly for the huge commercial radio stations but now thanks to the Internet, ordinary folks of all ages from all walks of life can broadcast around the world from just about any nook and cranny on this planet. Radio has come a long way since 1906 and because of the Internet radio will continue to flourish and evolve.