On february 24 it is exactly 100 years ago that the first wireless radio connection was demonstrated at a fair in the city of Utrecht. A distance of 1200 meters was covered during this two weeks event, that was even witnessed by queen Wilhelmina.
The sensation of wireless sound must have felt like the way we experience the Internet of Things nowadays. Although it was unclear what these wirelss sounds in radio would offer, it was called wireless telephone at the time. Radio was primarily used for ships to communicate in morse codes. In the Netherlands people could listen to music in the first regurlar broadcast on November 6 when Hanso Idzerda started his weekly show on PCCG. This was a worldwide start for regurlar broadcasting.
International conference about the history of radio
Most activities to celebrate the one hundred years of Radio will be taking place his fall. Obviously November 6 is the Day of Radio in the Netherlands. Hopefully we will be able to broadcast from a replica of Idzerda’s PCCG transmitter. On november 7 and 8 the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision will host an International conference about the History of the medium. During these two days the development of radio news, programming of music, covering sport events on radio, the International radio as well as the future of Radio research will be discussed. Confirmed speakers are Michele Hilmes and Kate Lacey. For scholars the conference would be worth a trip to the city of Hilversum, known as the Dutch Media City that hosted radio broadcasting for almost one hundred years.