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From Radio to Television: Making Sense of Broadcasting History
From radio to television: Making sense of broadcasting history

In order to understand the history of television we must first turn to the medium of radio, for in the first half of the twentieth century radio was the most widely used source of information for most people. At the flick of a switch, radio could connect to millions of people without the need to physically transport or distribute any media products (like newspapers, say, or magazines). It marked a significant technological leap forward and forged a new relationship with media audiences. As Crisell (1997: 4–5) has observed:

broadcasting was the first genuinely live mass medium since ‘theatre’ because it was instantaneous: its messages were received by its audience ...

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