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The Creation, Innovation & Expansion Of Mankind's First Broadcast Medium - 4 Hours Of Vintage Historical Footage Packed Into 16 Features On 2 All Regions DVDs!
BACK OF THE MIKE (1938, 9:15)
General Motor's Chevrolet Division sponsored this behind-the-scenes documentary coverage of the live performance of a radio western, played out in the context of the imagery produced by a little boy listening imagination. Great venue for viewing how radio productions, especially sound effects, were actually performed. Watch & see why Chevrolet decided to sponsor this particular film!
BEHIND YOUR RADIO DIAL: THE STORY OF NBC (1947, 24:04)
Widely considered the most classic of OTR films, this extraordinary document chronicles the birth and growth of the world's first commercial radio network with a behind-the-scenes tour of their Radio City & Rockefeller Center facilities in New York City and recourse to many time honored film clips of all things radiophonic.
COMMUNICATION: A FILM LESSON IN GENERAL SCIENCE / DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATION (1927, 13:04)
A treat of a film, much venerated on a number of accounts, not least of all for its demonstrating and explaining all the communication technologies extant during this seminal period in media history.
HEAR AND NOW (1958, 18:04)
Superb historical survey over all the highlights of world history as covered by radio, and a key to understanding daily life then and during the cold war era wherein this film was produced.
INDEPENDENT RADIO STATION (1951, 18:02)
The U.S. Army sponsored this film documenting the operations of WMCA, a radio station much beloved by baby boomers of the New York Metropolitan area, in an effort to encapsulate the significance of locally & independently owned & operated radio stations that were the norm of the era.
ON THE AIR (1937, 9:53)
GMC's Chevrolet Division is at it again with radio, this time it seeks, very successfully, to explain just how radio in 1937 worked, from the microphone to the radio set, and all the steps of broadcasting its signal over the airwaves straight from the point of transmission out to the point of reception.
PLANE TALK (1965, 21:27)
The role of radio as used by commercial air carriers in confirming passenger reservations, aircraft pre-flight preparation, air traffic control, flight monitoring and air-to-ground communications is here documented in this Leo Rosencrans directed film.
RADIO AND TELEVISION (1940, 10:30)
Vocational Guidance Films sponsored this effort to help educate its audience about the wide variety of technical jobs that were available not only in the now time-honored field of radio broadcasting & receiving but also the fledgling vocation of television. Though it's intended to instruct its viewers about employment opportunities contemporary to its time, it teaches us in our day a great deal about communications operations in its day.
RADIO AT WAR (1944, 20:36)
Unique film illustrating how radio and its associate communications was critical to the conduct and winning of World War II.
THE BIG BOUNCE (1960, TECHNICOLOR, 14:23)
The extraordinary story of Echo, history's second communications satellite, which consisted of a huge balloon placed into orbit and off of which were bounced radio signals aimed at from earth, which technique ultimately resulted Echo's helping place the very first satellite telephone call.
TUESDAY IN NOVEMBER (1945, 16:43)
With especial emphasis on the role radio played in the media coverage of the electoral process, John Houseman directed this skillful propaganda piece on the continuation of the democratic process while the republic was at war during the 1944 presidential election.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL DECEMBER 22ND 1958: ATLAS IN ORBIT - RADIOS IKE'S MESSAGE OF PEACE TO WORLD (1958, B&W, 3:38)
A classic example of newsreel propaganda at its most crafted, touting the sophistication of America's most powerful launch vehicle and celebrating the historic first of broadcasting a voice message from space to the world. This achievement was made more significant by the fact that this Christmas message of President Eisenhower was transmitted from earth to the Project SCORE satellite built into orbiting Atlas and then rebroadcast from Atlas/SCORE to the people of the earth further on in its orbit, originating the process known as "store and forward" which is still in use today and marking SCORE as the world's first communications satellite.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL - LARGEST RADIO TRANSMITTER IS DEDICATED (1953, 0:53)
Using the same telegraphy key with which he first made a name for himself by obtaining the names of survivors of the Titanic tragedyNBC's David Sarnoff inaugurates the operation of the U.S. Navy's new trasmitter, the largest in the world, named Jim Creek, so named after the section of the Cascade Mountain range of Washington State it was located in. What was not mentioned in this newsreel was that the primary intention of Jim Creek was intended to transmit on the VLF (Very Low Frequency) band to United States Pacific Fleet submarines while they were submerged,.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL JULY 12TH 1962: A DAY IN HISTORY - TELSTAR BRINGS WORLD CLOSER (1962, B&W, 3:17)
The world's first commercial "comsat" (communications satellite) is sent into orbit, transmits the first television picture to and from space, and becomes the vanguard of many other such telstars which enabled continuous global telephone, data, television and other communications.
UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL JULY 23RD 1962: KENNEDY ON TELSTAR - EUROPE SEES NEWS CONFERENCE (1962, B&W, 1:17)
The president proudly comments upon the achievements of the first commercial communications satellite as part of a press conference broadcast from the Telstar satellite to Europe.
VOICE OF VICTORY (1944, 27:14)
Shows how radio in general, and propaganda broadcasting in particular, played their part to win the victory in WWII. An excellent addition to any WWII propaganda collection.