"Attention, attention! This is the transmitting station Berlin". These sentences marked the beginning of the "entertainment radio service by wireless telephone" in Germany in 1923. To mark the occasion, HBI media historian Hans-Ulrich Wagner
spoke to Gábor Paál (SWR Kultur) about the prehistory of radio. What had to happen for these now legendary words to be broadcast 100 years ago?
In 1860, the earliest sound recording was made in France. The invention of the telephone and radio waves became further important stages before regular radio broadcasting began in Germany in 1923 - largely driven by the well-traveled engineer and ministerial director Hans Bredow.
The 35-minute interview is available as a podcast at: https://www.swr.de/swr2/wissen/der-lange-weg-zum-rundfunk-100-jahre-radio-100.html
(Hamburg, 8 November 2023)
Photo by Miguel Alcântara