video title: Sacramento Airwaves: Early Radio
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video source: SacTVnews
published on YouTube on March 12, 2013

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Sacramento Airwaves 1920s-1940s "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on March 12, 2013

The evolution of the Sacramento radio dial has its roots that trace back to the 1920s. I was invited by local writer and historian William Burg of the Sacramento Old City Association (SOCA) on March 9 to give a presentation on local radio history, since I worked in the industry for years and have written several reports about it including The Legend of KZAP. Throughout the presentation I intertwined national and local radio history, pointing out that Sacramento has played a significant role in the development of the radio industry. A major event included the first radio broadcast of a human voice over the air by Doc Herrold in 1909 at what is now San Francisco station KCBS. Although Gugliel Marconi demonstrated electrical signals over the air in 1901, Nikola Tesla had actually invented radio technology and was eventually awarded the patent. Tesla also invented many electrical devices that others got credit for and he eventually died broke. His name is remembered today partly due to Sacramento's most successful band taking his last name. Sacramento's first stations on the AM dial were KFBK in 1922 and KROY in 1937. KFBK was owned by Sacramento Bee owner McClatchy while KROY was owned by Royal Miller, a city councilman in the 1920s.

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