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Empire of the Air

Empire of the Air

Follow the pioneers of radio whose genius and rivalry wove unexpected and tragic stories.

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A Land of Listeners

The invention and introduction of radio made America a land of listeners — it entertained, educated, angered, and delighted Americans of every kind, age, and class.

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The Titanic Disaster

On Sunday, April 14, 1912, the Titanic’s distress signals were heard by a nearby ship, allowing passengers in lifeboats to be rescued. Federal law soon required that all large ocean-going vessels to be equipped with wireless for safety reasons. David Sarnoff noted that the Titanic disaster “brought radio to the front.”

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