Empire of the Air

Empire of the Air

The Men Who Made Radio

Streaming Video - 1991
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From Ken Burns, producer of THE CIVIL WAR, comes the story of radio's creation of radio and three men of genius, vision, and determination: Lee De Forest, a clergyman's flamboyant son; Edwin Howard Armstrong, a brilliant, withdrawn inventor; and David Sarnoff, a hard-driving Russian immigrant who created the world's most powerful communications company. This film evokes the lives of three men whose work profoundly transformed modern America.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 1991
ISBN: 9781415702390
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 120 min.)) : sd., col

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garycornell
Feb 22, 2018

Ken Burns does it again!! A really fascinating story on the history of the development of radio and later TV. I had no idea that FM music was available as early as the late 1940's. Guess why we didn't get it for another 15 or more years? RCA had sold so many AM radios and maybe American's would buy the new radio's and hurt their business. So the big corporation squashes the little guy and his invention. Well, later the same little guy found that his invention could create an new product which turned out to be television! Great film with actual film on the major players in creating these new medias. Outstanding film!

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