Broadcast History - December 9

Broadcast History - December 9

Postby jon » Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:47 pm

In 1921, Ted Rogers Sr. became the first amateur radio operator in Canada (and one of only 26 people in North America) to successfully transmit a signal across the Atlantic. He was taking part in a competition sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Despite dying before his 40th birthday, on May 6, 1939, he did an incredible amount for any one man's lifetime. In 1925, he invented the world's first alternating current (AC) radio tube, enabling radios to be powered by ordinary household current, rather than batteries. In 1927, he had extended the same concept to radio stations, signing on CFRB ("Canada's First Rogers Batteryless") Toronto; transmitters had previously been powered by Direct Current (DC). When he died in 1939, he was exploring the possibilities of Radar, a key technology for the Allies during World War II. His son, Ted Jr., was days shy of his sixth birthday when Ted Sr. passed away. He would go on to create a Canadian media empire that even his father could not have imagined. Ted Jr. passed away December 2nd, 2008.

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In 1960, Toronto-born Harry Elton executive produced the first episode of Coronation Street, while working for Britain's Granada Television. He had started in the early days of television in Detroit, moved to the U.K. in 1957, and back to Canada in 1963, soon becoming an announcer and then News Anchor at CJOH-TV Ottawa. He moved to the CBC in 1972, managing CBRT-TV Calgary from 1976-79. He retired in 1989, and passed away from a heart attack on May 16, 2004.

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