Hearing America: A Century of Music on the Radio (INC)

One hundred years ago, shipboard technicians listening for Morse code messages on their newly installed wireless telegraphs heard something incredible: music.

2007 / Nate DiMeo / American RadioWorks, USA


One hundred years ago, shipboard technicians listening for Morse code messages on their newly installed wireless telegraphs heard something incredible: music.

Men on ships from the North Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico were the audience of the first successful radio transmission of music and voice. Since that first experimental broadcast, music has been the dominant sound on radio. In "Hearing America: A Century of Music on the Radio," producer Nate DiMeo explores the history of music on the radio and how it became not only the economic engine of a major American industry, but an engine for cultural and political change in American life.


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Nate DiMeo

Nate DiMeo is the creator of The Memory Palace, a 2016 Peabody Award finalist. The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Nate is the Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for 2016/2017. He lives in Los Angeles.


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