Old Time Radio:
A History of AM Broadcasting
Presented by Bruce Whistance
With special guests “Cousin Brucie” and Jodie Morrow
A presentation on the history of AM broadcast band radio in the United States and the nearly forgotten hobby of listening to distant broadcast band radio stations. During the early days of commercial radio stations this was a pervasive popular pastime. This talk explores the relationship of the American people to the then new phenomenon of radio. It traces the development of radio technology and the trends in broadcast band listening. This talk is intended for all levels of technical understanding. Concepts of radio technology are explained in simple terms that require no technical background. Vintage radios and related items will be on display and and demonstrations will be included. At the conclusion, “Cousin Brucie” will answer questions and share his views on the future of AM radio.
Bruce Whistance is a life long radio enthusiast and collector of antique radios. He is a former radio technician, and developer of numerically intensive computing equipment and engineering design systems. Bruce earned a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Union College. Although he is an amateur radio operator and volunteer examiner this talk will focus entirely on AM commercial broadcast band history, not amateur radio.
Special guest Bruce Morrow is well known for his career in radio broadcasting. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in1988, and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame radio division in 2001.