Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the History of Radio?
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How Much Do You Know About the History of Radio?
By: Gavin Thagard
Image: Photograph was taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, photo number: GHQ SWPA SC 43 5901 by T/4 Harold Newman.

About This Quiz

Before there was television and before there was the internet, the world marveled at a new form of entertainment that allowed broadcasters to reach families both in their homes and in their cars. That entertainment, of course, came from the radio, which would prove to be one of the greatest inventions of the early 20th century. Do you claim to be a radio expert? Do you think you can pass a quiz on the history of the radio? Here's your chance to find out!

The rise of the radio changed everything, particularly in the lives of Americans. By the end of the 1920s and early 1930s, radios were in homes all over the country. People no longer needed to go to a concert hall to hear music, and they no longer needed to pick up a newspaper to hear the news. Instead, they just had to flip on the radio and all of those things were brought right to their doorstep. 

Do you know where the radio came from, and what its earliest uses were? How many of the early radio personalities do you remember, the ones who changed talk radio and broadcasting in general? Get started with this quiz and put your radio knowledge to the test! 

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Who was the first person to demonstrate the existence of radio waves?
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Which inventor displayed a wireless radio in Missouri in 1893?
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Who was the first person to transmit signals across the Atlantic Ocean?
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What were the earliest radios used for?
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During which war did the radio first gain prominence as a way to communicate beyond marine use?
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What was the first radio station licensed by the government?
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What was the first presidential race broadcast across KDKA?
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What year was the first radio ad?
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Where was the first radio ad broadcast?
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What was the first national network in the United States?
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Which company founded NBC?
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What was NBC's first nationwide broadcast?
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When was the Federal Radio Commission established?
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What was the first radio broadcast network in Britain?
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Why did radio succeed newspapers in Britain?
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Why were radios important during World War II?
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Which Prime Minister of Britain gave inspirational speeches throughout WWII to the people of Britain?
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What did John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley invent in 1947?
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What was the first commercially manufactured transistor radio?
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How much did the Regency TR-1 originally cost?
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Which company manufactured the Regency TR-1?
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What was the name of the radio receiver put out by American Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in 1930?
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When did the "seek" option come out on radios?
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What was the brand of the Chrysler Corporation's all-transistor car radio in 1955?
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Which car manufacturer incorporated the first 8-track tape players into their radios?
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Who famously directed "The War of the Worlds" broadcast in 1938?
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What was "The War of the Worlds" about?
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Which president used the radio for a speech on the Cuban Missile Crisis?
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What station did Father Charles Coughlin use throughout the 1930s?
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Who purchased KFSG in 1924 to promote her ministry?
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Who is known as "the father of talk radio"?
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Which humorist helped bring about the Golden Age of talk radio in the 1930s?
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For which major broadcasting company was Paul Harvey known to work?
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