The Beginnings: Radio in the 1920s

  • Bruce B. Campbell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


This chapter looks at the beginnings of broadcast radio in Germany, and the extremely rapid development of a radio hobby culture located largely in clubs. It discusses the importance of the clubs for the spread of radio and raises issues of class and public perception of the new media. It covers the beginnings of a real mass-based radio hobby culture in Germany, from 1923 to approximately 1927, shows how technology was domesticated by hobbyists, and describes the mix of fear and desire with which they were met by both government and business. It pays particular attention to the importance of parties and other social activities in the hobby clubs, and also to the role of radio as a focus for middle-class fears and hopes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce B. Campbell
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  1. 1.William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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