Electronics in the Early Days

By Terry Claypoole

Electronics in the early days were much different than they are today. Most young people today would not even recognize many of the gadgets that were used by their parents and grandparents.

In the 1930s, referred to as the Golden Age of Radio, it was all they had for communication as well as for entertainment. Families would gather around it to hear radio programs like “The Lone Ranger” and “The Shadow.” There were also comedy shows featuring the voices of Jack Benny and Fred Allen. They were even able to keep up with certain news from their president, Franklin Roosevelt, with his “Fireside Chats.” Radios were the tools that helped establish the networks like NBC and CBS. Most people today do not even use radios much anymore. They have moved on to MP3 players or simply listen to music on their phone or computer.