September 1932 Radio News
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early
electronics. See articles from
Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) claimed
in 2013 to be receiving more than 30,000 applications per year for commercial broadcasting
licenses. That covers the gamut from AM and FM to television, Low Power FM, Low
Power TV, translators and booster stations, as well as some non-commercial stations
for educational purposes. Inexpensive, turnkey broadcast station equipment make
entry into the realm very affordable. Accordingly, there are many stations vying
for space in a very crowded section of the electromagnetic spectrum. Contrast that
to the year 1932 list of broadcasting station in the U.S. which was able to fit
onto a single page of the Radio News magazine - about 500 to 600 in number.
Interestingly, the wavelengths are expressed in meters, at a time when metric units
were rarely used in the U.S.
Broadcasting Stations in the U.S.
Posted November 10, 2021
(updated from original post on 8/8/2014)