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By Jim Cox

This publication is a historical past of industrial broadcast radio networks within the usa from the Nineteen Twenties to the current. It covers the 4 transcontinental webs that operated throughout the pre-television Golden Age, plus neighborhood and local hookups, and the advancements that experience happened within the many years on account that, together with the influence of tv, upward thrust of the disc jockey, the increase of speak radio and different really expert codecs, implications of satellite tv for pc expertise and consolidation of networks and native stations.

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He died at 93 at Santa Barbara, California, on March 15, 2002, having never regained anything closely resembling his brief turn at Camelot. Robert W. Sarnoff was the eldest of a half-dozen sons of David Sarnoff, the RCA chairman. When the younger Sarnoff was elected president of NBC and subsequently its chairman, of course the water cooler conversations in Rockefeller Center were abuzz with the inevitable whispers of favoritism and nepotism. ” But if one of his dad’s biographers is to be believed, he earned the right to hold his offices through solid understudy and hard work, not purely ambition and kinship.

During his tenure in the Windy City, Trammell was responsible for premiering NBC features like Amos ’n’ Andy, Fibber McGee & Molly, Lum and Abner and Ma Perkins. He also signed entertainers Phil Baker, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson and Ed Wynn to the NBC roster. By 1939, Trammell was in the home office in New York as a vice president. He was elected president the following year. In 1949, he became chairman of the board at NBC. ” In three years (1952), Trammell resigned at NBC to accept the presidency of Biscayne Television Corporation in Miami.

It had to be a good deal for everybody connected with that incomparable—and never before witnessed—venture. Within a matter of weeks following its colossal bash NBC revealed in newspaper accounts that, effective January 1, 1927, it would unveil no less than a second network. This one was to be based on the old hookup of the Radio Group with the bulk of its programming originating at WJZ. Recall that this system had relied on the less-than-satisfactory sound quality dispatched through Western Union’s rented telegraph lines.

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