Radio has always been a very good information source and entertainment method. Since its invention in the early 1900s, its popularity increased, and more and more people purchased this device. The amazing popularity is thanks to the fact that it is very easy to use, and it can be transported everywhere. It is very useful for getting information if you have no other means available. We have seen many firsts and breakthroughs in the history of television. The radio also had amazing moments that marked our history. We have listed some of the greatest moments on radio in order to show the breakthroughs brought by this amazing device.
The Hindenburg disaster is perhaps one of the best-known aviation disasters in history. The Zeppelin was supposed to make a simple journey between Germany and the US. The normal gas that was used to inflate the Zeppelin was helium but because of the embargo the Germans were forced to use hydrogen, a much more flammable choice. The Zeppelins were considered at that time the vehicle of the future but the disaster that took place in 1937 changed that forever. The reporter that was broadcasting was horrified by the scene of the burning zeppelin and the words he used that day on the radio remained in history: “Oh the humanity!”
Radio theater was a great thing during the 30’s and the 40’s. There were many actors that used only their voice to perform. The sound effects used during those times inspired the later technologies used for movies. But one particular play cause mayhem among listeners. On October 30, 1938 the young director Orson Welles broadcasted his adaptation of the famous novel written by H. G. Wells called War of the Worlds. His interpretation was certainly different. Instead of reading parts of the book he chose to present the story in the form of news broadcasts. Many people tuned later to the radio and believed that aliens were indeed attacking the Earth. This caused a lot of panic and the police had to intervene to calm everything down. But his unique style brought him a huge success after this incident.
Winston Churchill was the prime-minister of the UK during WWII. He was a very respected man and he understood the power of the radio. He used to communicate frequently with the nation thanks to this device. Perhaps the most notorious broadcast of his from the 4th of June 1940 when they were at war with the Germans. His words “we shall fight on the beaches” had a huge impact on the public and encouraged the war effort.
The speech help by Martin Luther King in March 1963 was broadcasted on every radio station. The speech was held in front of Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The renowned words “I have a dream” were heard by millions of Americans and they marked the beginning of a long and tough fight for the rights of the Afro-American community. His speech is still considered one of the most remarkable moments broadcasted in history.