To honor the 100th anniversary of the invention of the first "wireless" radio, students in several of my production classes created this page in 1995 to give credit where credit is due to some of the more important the front men in early radio and television development, and to the other visionaries and pioneers in the broadcasting industry. To further your knowledge, we have also provided a web source that shows a timeline of the most important event of the 20th Century (actually, since 1840).
Since that class, additional members have been "inducted" into our hall.
Click on the images and other links below to go to other pages that describe in more detail the accomplishments of each of these "hall of famers".Marconi invented the "black box", which eliminated the need for wires to transmit sound from one point to another.
Paul Nipkow took the first steps in transmitting pictures through wires. His "spinning disk" was an early fore-runner to the idea that transmitting moving pictures was possible.
In 1906 Lee Deforest created the audion tube to amplify sound, paving the way for voice transmission in radio.
Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his work on the photo-electric effect, which is a manifestation of how light comes in and electrons get ejected from a material, proving that light is in some sense quantized. He is remembered for his work on relativity and gravity, but that his photo-electric theory, based on a paper written in 1905, is what he got the Nobel Prize for. It is this theory on which Philo Farnsworth eventually based his ideas on electronic television.
John Logie Baird made the first mechanical T.V. and made the first trans -Atlantic broadcast.Philo Farnsworth made the first picture transmission in 1927. Even though his invention was considered to be the first electronic television, until recently, he never received due credit.
Vladimir Zworykin created the image converter tube. This was another early version of the electronic television. His invention gave way to the first commercially available television sets.
David Sarnoff was an employee of Marconi's and later became the father of American television. He was a master visionary.
In the late 1970s, NBC was running well behind the other networks. Brandon Tartikoff took over as head of programming and took NBC from 4th place in a three network race to the top in the ratings and helped save the network from bankruptcy.Farewell, peanut maestro! July 30, 1998, was a sad day in Doodyville. Buffalo "Bob" Smith passed away. With him, went the possibility of the day we all had hoped for... when Howdy Doody and pals would again bless the airwaves. But, there's still hope for all us members of the peanut gallery...
On December 28, 1999, the world mourned the loss of another childhood hero to all of us, actor Clayton Moore, who died of an apparent heart attack at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, California. Clayton Moore, who was best known as The Lone Ranger, will be missed by all of us who grew up watching him and his faithful companion, Tonto, dispatch frontier justice in the old west.
On Friday night, March 15, 2002, one of the truly great visionaries of television, Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, died. Of his remarkable accomplishments , the one that most will remember is how he was placed at the head of NBC only to "warm the chair" until General Sarnoff's son, Robert, could take over the reigns. However, Pat fooled everyone. Bringing in fabulous programs like Monitor, the Today and the Tonight shows, Mr. Weaver introduced the world of the "spectacular". Mr. Weaver, you will be sorely missed.