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The Titanic Disaster

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.”
Clip Length 03:16 Premiere: 5/1/17

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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

S1 E1 Length 1:51:56 Premiere Date 1/25/22

Power of Sound

Clip Length 01:05 Premiere Date 1/6/12

A Land of Listeners

Clip Length 03:36 Premiere Date 5/1/17

The Titanic Disaster

Clip Length 03:16 Premiere Date 5/1/17

Developing FM Radio

Clip Length 04:49 Premiere Date 5/1/17

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