|National Publishing Co., 1922|
"In 1920, Westinghouse, one of the leading radio manufacturers, had an idea for selling more radios: It would offer programming. Radio began as a one-to-one method of communication, so this was a novel idea. Dr. Frank Conrad was a Pittsburgh area ham operator with lots of connections. He frequently played records over the airwaves for the benefit of his friends. This was just the sort of thing Westinghouse had in mind, and it asked Conrad to help set up a regularly transmitting station in Pittsburgh. On November 2, 1920, station KDKA made the nation's first commercial broadcast (a term coined by Conrad himself). They chose that date because it was election day, and the power of radio was proven when people could hear the results of the Harding-Cox presidential race before they read about it in the newspaper."
|From: RADIO The Miracle of the 20th Century|
ATTENTION! THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER VIA WIRELESS AT THE RADIO SHOW AT THE HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA
Photo shows Private Adrian Bennett at attention while listening to the Star Spangled Banner being played by a band miles away. Miss Katherine Fingar is shown holding a Marvel receiving radio set with a horn attached to throw the sound.