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The American Boom

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I: The Birth of Broadcasting

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192129260
eISBN:
9780191670008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on the boom of the broadcasting sector in the U.S. It discusses American visitor P.F. Godley's address to the Wireless Society of London in which he described broadcasting ... More


The Godlike Presence

Tom Lewis

in Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501759321
eISBN:
9781501759338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759321.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter highlights the impressive statistics of the Radio Corporation of America Building at 30 Rockefeller Center. It argues that the Rockefeller Center physically embodied everything that was ... More


Releasing the Art: The Creation of RCA

Tom Lewis

in Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501759321
eISBN:
9781501759338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759321.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details the creation of Radio Corporation of America (RCA), led by Owen D. Young. It tracks the formation of the new American communication corporation that could protect and advance ... More


Geopolitics and Telecommunications Policy in Puerto Rico: ITT and the Porto Rico Telephone Company, 1942–1948

Luis Rosario Albert

in Island at War: Puerto Rico in the Crucible of the Second World War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628461640
eISBN:
9781626745674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461640.003.0009
Subject:
History, Latin American History

Luis Rosario Albert studies the conflicts surrounding the public telecommunications modernization plan in Puerto Rico between 1942 and 1948. The author, a filmmaker and academic researcher on ... More


Epilogue: The Empire in Decline

Tom Lewis

in Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501759321
eISBN:
9781501759338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501759321.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter tracks the future of Radio Corporation of America in the years after David Sarnoff's retirement. It begins by describing the reverence of the founder and director of the huge Japanese ... More


America

Peter Manning

in Electronic and Computer Music

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199746392
eISBN:
9780199332496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, Popular

This chapter describes the development of electronic music in America. The lack of institutional support after the Second World War resulted in no major system of lasting significance, until the ... More


Epilogue

Donald G. Godfrey

in C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038280
eISBN:
9780252096150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This epilogue summarizes C. Francis Jenkins' pioneering ideas that have all come to fruition, a testament that he was a man with a vision. Jenkins dreamed of uniting television and motion pictures ... More


Vassos and RCA: Money, Media, and Modernism

Danielle Shapiro

in John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816693405
eISBN:
9781452954318
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693405.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Design

Vassos contributed to the remake of RCA as new type of corporation, one that sought to enhance its public presence through design. The chapter starts with his radio murals for the radio station WCAU. ... More


Rowing, Radio, and American Sports Broadcasting, 1925–36

Michael J. Socolow

in Six Minutes in Berlin: Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at the Nazi Olympics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040702
eISBN:
9780252099144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040702.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

This chapter discusses the role of broadcasting and rowing during the U.S. network radio's developmental decade between 1926 and 1936. Before advertising agencies captured control over production and ... More


The Quest for Magnalux, 1951–1956

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In September 1951, RCA chairman David Sarnoff celebrated his forty-fifth year in the electronics industry by challenging members of his research staff to invent three new technologies in time for his ... More


A Fumbling Prelude, 1956–1966

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Flat-panel display research continued at RCA after David Sarnoff’s golden anniversary dinner, funded by royalties the company collected from its radio and television patents. After a federal ... More


Disruptive Displays, 1968–1971

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Contrary to the optimistic predictions presented at its 1968 press conference, RCA’s dynamic scattering LCD prototypes were not ready for the marketplace. Liquid crystal display fabrication remained ... More


Modernizing the Home Through Radio

Danielle Shapiro

in John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816693405
eISBN:
9781452954318
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693405.003.0003
Subject:
Art, Design

Chapter three examines Vassos’s contributions to radio design at RCA for both tabletop and console radios and his role in developing modern styling priorities at the company.


John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life

Danielle Shapiro

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816693405
eISBN:
9781452954318
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693405.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Design

This book is the first biography of artist and industrial designer John Vassos. The book positions him as a significant figure in the development of a self-conscious industrial design profession ... More


The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Benjamin Gross

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book traces the origins of the modern flat-panel display industry to the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), where an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers created the first liquid ... More


The TRK-12: RCA’s First Mass-Marketed Television Receiver

Danielle Shapiro

in John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816693405
eISBN:
9781452954318
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816693405.003.0006
Subject:
Art, Design

Vassos significantly shaped the Radio Corporation of America’s (RCA) installations at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair and its first mass marketed televisions. This chapter examines the first mass ... More


The Changing of the Guard, 1969–1976

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In September 1971, Robert Sarnoff—David Sarnoff’s son and successor as chairman of RCA—announced plans to divest his company’s commercial computing operation. The resulting staff and budget cuts left ... More


A World of Screens

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book begins at the 1968 press conference where the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) announced the creation of the first liquid crystal displays and provided the earliest description of that ... More


An Invisible Monument

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Less than a decade after introducing the world to the LCD, RCA sold its liquid crystal operation to Timex. Today the company no longer exists, and its contributions to the flat-panel display industry ... More


Scattered Origins, 1961–1968

Benjamin Gross

in The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226519975
eISBN:
9780226540740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540740.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes the origins of the liquid crystal display project at the David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC). The discussion focuses on two members of RCA’s technical staff: physical chemist ... More


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