100 years of radio since Marconi’s big breakthrough

In 1920, the first wireless radio broadcast in the UK took place, conducted by Guglielmo Marconi.

Marconi is credited with being the first person to transmit radio signals, doing so over a distance of a mile and a half in 1895 in Lavernock Point in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. He later set up his Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company in Chelmsford, in 1899.

His 1920 broadcast took place from there. On 15 June a song recital by Dame Nellie Melba was broadcast using a telephone transmitter and was heard in a number of different countries.

It’s fair to say a lot has happened in radio since Marconi’s breakthrough. Here we take a look at some of the major events.

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