‘Wireless’ Connection Device in Niles, Ohio
Ward — Thomas
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Seated: W. F. MacQueen, Chris
E. Rose, Thomas H. Madden Sr., Fred Alexander
Standing: Rev.Wilford McClain, James Jones, Todd Crawford,
Carl R. Betting & Joseph Whitehouse. PO1.393
‘Wireless’ Connection Device.
As difficult 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.
text on the ticket reads —
Central School Grounds
Saturday, August 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 is wired today
will be wireless, and what is wireless today will be wired”.
Think about your cable television
and cell phone. What changes will the next generations experience?