A Brief History of Broadcast Communications in the United States

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Commercial radio broadcasting began in 1920 at KDKA, Pittsburgh. We will trace broadcast radio's history through the decades, from ground-based to satellite-based to web-based. We will discuss not only the effects of radio on culture and culture on radio, but also the effects of technology on radio; beginning with spark gaps and crystal detectors, through vacuum tubes and transistors to microprocessors. This is a (mostly) non-technical presentation, filled with pictures, and audience participation is encouraged. 



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  • 306 N. Wright St.
  • Urbana, Illinois
  • United States 61801
  • Building: Electrical Engineering Building
  • Room Number: 5070
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  • Starts 01 October 2015 07:00 AM
  • Ends 20 October 2015 06:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge
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Michael McInerney

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A Brief History of Broadcast Communications in the United States

Commercial radio broadcasting began in 1920 at KDKA, Pittsburgh. We will trace broadcast radio's history through the decades, from ground-based to satellite-based to web-based. We will discuss not only the effects of radio on culture and culture on radio, but also the effects of technology on radio; beginning with spark gaps and crystal detectors, through vacuum tubes and transistors to microprocessors. This is a (mostly) non-technical presentation, filled with pictures, and audience participation is encouraged.


 

Biography:

Mike has eclectic interests. Thus he has a job as an Electrical Engineer (not a career). His experience relevant to this presentation includes; working as a DJ and as an engineer at broadcast radio stations, and having both an FCC telecommunications license and an amateur radio license.

Mr. McInerney is a senior researcher at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign. His primary research areas include electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electrical systems, and corrosion prevention and control. He has more than 50 publications, five patents, has participated in the development of eight IEEE and military standards, and is vice chairman of the High Power Electromagnetics technical committee of the IEEE EMC Society. Mr. McInerney is an IEEE Senior Member, a Registered Professional Engineer and an iNARTE Certified EMC Engineer.

Address:Champaign, Illinois, United States

Michael McInerney

Topic:

A Brief History of Broadcast Communications in the United States

Biography:

Address:Champaign, Illinois, United States





Agenda

5:45 - 6:15 PM: Sign-in and Meet & Greet (Refreshments provided)

6:15 - 7: 45 PM: Seminar Talk by Mike McInerney

7:45 - 8:00 PM: Wrapup

8:00: Meeting End