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  • Item Type: Technology
  • Tags: Destination Freedom: A History of Radio from Minstrelsy to Podcasting

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Digital music was initially experimented with in the 80s but it wasn’t until 1993 that perceptual encoding algorithms were capable of successfully reducing file size without significant degradation of audio quality. With the MPEG-Layer II, the MP3…
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With increased adoption of the World Wide Web and enthusiasm for how to design web content for easier consumption, the development of a web syndication program was being pursued by several different people. Web developers were looking for some kind…
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Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, digital sound technology had become a central focus both for performers and studios. From the electronic drum kits of synth pop to the drum machine samples in hip hop, the demand for sophisticated digital sound…
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FM radio
By 1922 more than 500 stations were licensed broadcasters with a wide range of institutions taking advantage of the popular medium from universities and newspapers to department stores and religious organizations. However, the persistent problem was…
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Edwin Howard Armstrong and his superheterodyne radio set
In 1917, all domestic radio technology was temporarily banned as America began to get involved in WWI and radio pioneer Edwin Howard Armstrong volunteered to join the fight in Europe. While he was stationed in Paris, Armstrong came up with a solution…
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Lee de Forest
Though there are many inventors that are critical to the evolution of radio technology, only one made a deliberate effort to insert himself as the one true inventor-hero of the radio and broadcasting: Lee de Forest. As a young inventor, de Forest…
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