Contrary

Radio experts

“Radio has no future.”
— Lord Kelvin, Scottish mathematician and physicist, former president of the Royal Society, 1897.

“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular?”
— Associates of David Sarnoff responding to the latter’s call for investment in the radio in 1921.

“Lee DeForest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public … has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company …”
— a U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting American inventor Lee DeForest for selling stock fraudulently through the mail for his Radio Telephone Company in 1913.

“There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.”
— T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, in 1961 (the first commercial communications satellite went into service in 1965).

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October 5, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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