Remember the times when the whole family gathered round the living room radio to listen to Roosevelt's fireside chats or detective dramas like The Shadow? When boys (and sometimes girls) tinkered with ham radio in garages in order to talk to people across the country? When commercial, underground, and political networks broadcast to a fragmented society, giving voice to diverse ideas and music, which anyone could sample?
Radio Contact explores those times then and now. Showcasing radio equipment from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the exhibition examines the evolving technology and cultures of listening, tinkering, and broadcasting. Radio introduced millions to jazz, the comedic brio of Abbott and Costello, the iconic voice of newsman Edward R. Murrow, and the shock therapy of talk radio. Come and tune in to a radio culture and history that is still vibrant and yet being redefined on the Internet.
Radio Contact In the Media >>>
When America tuned into the radio, The Harvard Gazette, 11/8/2016
Now on the air: The Women, The Harvard Gazette, 10/28/2016
Panelists Highlight Legacy of Women's Radio Project, The Harvard Crimson, 10/26/2016
Spinning the Radio Dial at Harvard, The Boston Globe, 5/26/2016
Tuning In: The Intersection of Art & Science Through Radio, Leeds Beckett University, Media Centre, 4/21/2016
Before Social Media, Harvard Magazine, May/June 2016
New Harvard Exhibit Narrates the Story of Boston Radio, BostonMagazine.com, 3/10/2016
Exhibit on the Influence of the Radio Opens Friday, The Harvard Crimson, 3/10/2016
As "recreational" radio broadcasting grew in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, its production became increasingly expensive. In order to keep up with the financial implications of running a radio station, broadcasters hit upon the idea of selling "toll broadcasting" to advertisers. Businesses would underwrite or finance a broadcast, in exchange for them (or their products) being mentioned on the radio.
Featured: Carolina Rice (00:01), Wheaties Cereal (00:44), Motts Apple Sauce (01:17), Banquet Frozen Foods (02:18), Southern Bread (03:18), Bubble Up Soda (04:25), Rice Krispies Cereal (05:32), Jello Chocolate Pudding Mix (06:31)
|Listen to "Radio Contact:
Sounds, Stories, & Perspectives from the Boston Airwaves"
"Sit'N Listen! Episode 8: Discovering Sex and Gender?"
Broadcast from Radio Contact 5/11/2016
Sara J. Schechner, David P. Wheatland Curator, CHSI
Samantha van Gerbig, Designer & Photographer
SOUNDSCAPE DESIGN & CREATION
Sounds, Stories, and Perspectives from the Boston Airwaves
SUPPORT GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY
David P. Wheatland Charitable Trust