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Post by Dr. Radio on Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:49 pm

Really neat glance into the past. Lots of reading and great ads. Most here are too young to probably remember some of this, but I thought I'd share.

www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1940/1940-01-01-BC.pdf
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:01 pm

There is a wealth of info in that issue. It was interesting to see in the 'behind the mike' column, it announces a new job for a young Mark Goodson who became one of the most successful producers of game shows in history. Thanks for posting it!
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:41 pm

I liked the info about WLS. That was before my time, but in my neck of the woods.

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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:42 pm

Great find, thanks for posting.   1940 was 10 years before I was born but I still love to see this stuff.   I love the ad for WRVA radio station right here in Richmond Virginia!

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:10 pm

I was wondering If Glenn Miller would have had a mention. Sure enough they have where he got the Chesterfield cigarette sponsorship from Paul Whiteman's band. That was when Miller knew he had truly arrived. It was interesting seeing Armstrongs' Yankee Network advertised.
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Post by neali on Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:10 pm

And a mention of the old Yankee network, pre war FM. Sarnoff was so upset that Armstrong was successfully competing with NBC that he corrupted the FCC to make hundreds of thousands of radios useless and worse, the FM broadcast hardware useless when Armstrong could not afford the money to replace them with new FM. Only time in history the FCC obsoleted sets. David Sarnoff pushed Armstrong out that window. The greatest electrical engineer in history and a personal hero.

Anyway, end of rant. Thanks for posting that.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:33 pm

The Burns documentary was mighty informative on the subject. I had to get the dvd. it is a trusty standby when the cable goes out.
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Post by neali on Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:52 pm

I loved that DVD and I followed up and read the book. I think Burns did Edison a disservice. He was a great man and did not go around torturing animals - just lost track of a sadistic employee. Definitely a great man. Sarnoff was also a great man but a Satan. The book has less PBS bias which is anti-business.

If you liked that DVD there is a two hour documentary about George Westinghouse on youtube. What a great guy. JP Morgan killed him. Morgan hated him for being kind to factory workers. Please watch it and tell me your thoughts.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:09 pm

I'll have to look it up. That pathetic effort by the history channel to go over Edison and Westinghouse and Morgan among others was phoned in. I think it was the men who made America (by the men who made it up).
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Post by 75X11 on Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:16 am

Just ordered it on dvd. Hope it's good! Very Happy
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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:19 am

I just finished watching the YouTube video about George Westinghouse. Thanks for the tip.

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Post by neali on Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:48 pm

Wasn't that awesome? He was the man. Brilliant and kind. Hope you enjoyed it.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:54 am

I never knew that Westinghouse air brakes were used on locomotives before the diesel days. I am amazed that, given my penchant for trivia, I had was not familiar with George Westinghouse. I never realized what a nasty individual Thomas Edison could be.

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Post by Conelrad on Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:07 am

Westinghouse hired good engineers to design things right.

Edison hired craftsmen to assemble a lot of trial objects, in hopes that something would eventually work.

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