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Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

For 50 years radio dominated the airwaves and the American consciousness as the first “mass medium.” In Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, Ken Burns examines the lives of three extraordinary men who shared the primary responsibility for this invention and its early success, and whose genius, friendship, rivalry and enmity interacted in tragic ways.
Season 1 Episode 1 Length 1:51:56 Premiere: 1.25.22

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Funding Provided by: General Motors Corporation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting;PBS; the National Endowment for the Humanities

A promotional, staged image of three cats members from the series sitting on top of the world with clouds around them along with the series titles.A promotional, staged image of three cats members from the series sitting on top of the world with clouds around them along with the series titles.

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Empire of the Air

About Empire of the Air

For fifty years radio dominated the airwaves and the American consciousness as the first “mass medium.” Empire of the Air examines the lives of three remarkable men who shared the primary responsibility for this invention and its early success and whose genius, friendship, rivalry and enmity combined in unexpected and often tragic ways.

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Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

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