History of Music Radio

Music radio is known to be a radio format in which music is understood to be the main broadcast content. The radio, as we know it today, owes its existence to two previous inventions, the telegraph, and the telephone. In the 1860’s, the existence of radio waves was predicted by James Clerk Maxwell, but he would most likely have never imagined the technology they would lead to.

In 1895, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi transmitted and received the first radio signal, proving the possibility of radio communication. He sent the first wireless signal that crossed the English Channel in 1899, and after two years passed, he received a single letter “S” that had been transmitted from England. The event was known for marking the first time a transatlantic radiotelegraph was successful.


When radio was first used, it did not transmit audio as it does today, but signals of dots and dashes similar to Morse code. There are two accounts of the human voice first being transmitted by radio, and it is unclear which is authentic. Natan B. Stubblefield transmitted the phrase “Hello Rainey” in 1892 in Murray, Kentucky. The other is attributed to Reginald A. Fessenden, who is said to have broadcasted a trial program of music and talk in 1906, which could be heard within a few hundred miles.


True broadcasting, as it is thought of today, began in 1915 when the speech was transmitted from New York to California and from Virginia Paris. The first daily radio programs began in 1920 with the broadcasted return of the Harding-Cox election. Just seven years later, commercial radiotelephony Europe with North America and then, three years later, with South America.


Today, radio has become such a commonplace form of technology, most people hardly even notice it because of the effects of social media marketing. However, the forefathers of radio technology surely had no idea that one day a radio would be standard in every car or that we would even listen to radio stations over the Internet. Because of their hard work and research, we all have access to music and information nearly anywhere we go.