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Mark Durenberger, a veteran technologist
and a friend to Radio World from its earliest days, has produced an essay
documenting AT&T’s contributions to radio. He’d like to share his document
with you and get your thoughts about the subject.
writes in his introduction: “About three years ago, inspired by a piece by
James O’Neal in Radio World newsmagazine, I came to realize that, while many of us grew up
in a broadcast industry created in part by AT&T, there’s no easily accessible
access to the full detail of AT&T’s contributions.
those with first-hand experience in an earlier analog world were retiring and
the heritage of experience with AT&T methodology was being lost. This might
be a way to secure factual and anecdotal input from those who were part of that
His eBook is free of charge to anyone
Topics include the founding of AT&T;
the introduction of “Long Lines;” the development of wireless; AT&T’s
broadcasting “experiment”; the evolution of national broadcasting networks;
alternative methods of getting programming from station to station; the
evolution of the VU meter and true “high-fidelity” audio transmission through
the use of “carrier.”
Call it a work in progress or an
eBook looking for its next chapter. Durenberger will email the PDF to anyone
who asks; just drop him a note.
In return he requests only that you share your thoughts and reactions so he can
continue to update the story.