as it is for the younger generation to believe it, there once was
a time when there were no televisions, VCRs, DVDs or video games.
In those days whole families would gather around their radios to
listen to news broadcasts comedy shows, dramas or music free to
let imagination provide the pictures to go with the words coming
through the air.
These were advanced forms of entertainment in comparison to the
early days of radio. After Marconi sent his wireless message
across the Atlantic many people became interested in the possibilities
this presented. Young people began to experiment with wireless or
crystal sets, amazing their friends and neighbors with the voices
they could pull out of the air.
In 1922 a local newspaper announced that Hutton and Jones Electric
Company in Warren had established Trumbull County’s first
radio station. It was reported that their broadcast could be heard
as far away as Canton, Ohio In 1926 Warren Williamson, Jr.
and C. M. Colpennmg went on the air with the Youngstown
station WKBN. During the elections that fall, the Youngstown
Vindicator compiled election results, gave them to Williamson by
telephone and he then put them on the air.
Hutton and Jones was the only radio supply company listed
in the 1921 Warren City Directory, but by 1925 it listed 12 companies,
two of which were in Niles. These were Butler Electric
and Stoll Brothers. The set in this photograph may have
come from one of these stores.
text on the ticket reads —
Central School Grounds
Saturday, Aug. 5th, 1916
Benefit M. V. Radio League
Come and see a complete wireless set in operation
The Union print bug appears in the lower right hand corner.
A scientist was quoted in the 1960’s as predicting, “what
wired today will be wireless, and what is wireless today will
be wired”. Think about your cable television and cell
changes will the next generations experience?