Happy National Radio Day!

Radio

Today, we’re celebrating the invention that has connected us even before social media: the lovely radio.

Perhaps, video did kill the radio star. But, we’ll never see it that way. We want to thank you for being a part of our 96.3 KKLZ family.

Radio is what brings us together. And it’s hard to imagine a world where we don’t have instant access to music or conversations.

From having Walkman radios, huge boomboxes to now having everything available in the palm of your hands; we’ve certainly come along way since many of us at KKLZ started our radio careers!

When was radio invented?

The history of radio isn’t clear cut. In fact, there’s slight controversy when it comes to the question of “who even invented the radio?”

According to RadioFidelity.com, most people agree that Nikolai Tesla or Guglielmo Marconi are the two key people who’ve been credited for the invention of radio.

Nikolai Tesla discovered he could transmit and receive radio signals when they were tuned at the same frequency. By 1895, Tesla was ready to transmit a signal from West Point, New York. However, a young Italian experimenter named Guglielmo Marconi had been simultaneously working on a device for wireless telegraphy, according to the Public Broadcast Station.

“The young Marconi had taken out the first wireless telegraphy patent in England in 1896. His device had only a two-circuit system, which some said could not transmit ‘across a pond.'”

Marconi’s had an earlier awarded patent for his wireless telegraphy machine, so he’s often given the title of the “father of radio.”

There are also other people who are given credit with inventing the burgeoning technology of radio such as James Clerk Maxwell and Mahlon Loomis.

Although the history of radio is confusing, the love we have for radio isn’t. Check out our videos below that honor our KKLZ crew and their love for radio. Share some laughs, learn something new and have some fun!

  • Mike O'Brian

  • Carla Rea

  • Wendy Rush

  • Larry Martino

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