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The Roaring 20s During the 1920s also known as The Roaring 20s Radio Broadcasting became one of Americas favorite sources of entertainment During this time period most Americans depended on radio for their source of communication since television was not yet invented The invention of radio had a major impact on Americans Radio stations transmitted a variety of shows and programs that entertained many people through out the nation In the 1920s the Westinghouse engineer Frank Conrad received a license for what is regarded as the first true station KDKA Pittsburgh PA KDKA broadcast scheduled music programs sports and the 1920 presidential election By 1924 the radio listeners numbered twenty-million Academic American Encyclopedia Two years later in 1922 ATT inaugurated their first radio station WEAF in New York City Academic American EncyclopediaWEAF broadcasted the first paid commercial announcement a ten-minute speech on the behalf of the Queensboroush Corporation and a real-estate concert Academic American Encyclopedia ATTs radio station WEAF had become the first to broadcast a sponsored program in in October 1922 wwwpeoplemephisedu Companies like Westinghouse General Electric and ATT all started inaugurating their own radio stations there were fifteen to twenty radio stations owned by General Electric ATT or Westinghouse Churches schools newspapers and department stores also owned one or two stations wwwpeoplemephisedu1920 Westinghouse General Electric and ATT agreed to share the important broadcasting patents that each had developed Later ATT sold its radio station WEAF to Radio Corporation of America RCA The station later became the most powerful company of America wwwearlyradiohistoryus Before 1923 all programs broadcasted by radio stations were only broadcasted as one-timers The idea of a program series hadnt been developed yet Materials from studios were limited to talks Radio stations broadcast was mainly sports like baseball football polo and boxing because newscasts had not been performed Stations were only on air for four to five hours a day never any longer All programs were amateur except for one Stunts
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