Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio

In honor of the new exhibition of the same name at the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA, WDIY presents features that cover important milestones in the history of the medium which has had an indelible impact on the world. The exhibition, 'Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio,' is sponsored by WDIY and runs from February 3 through November 3, 2019 at the National Museum of Industrial History. More information is available at the NMIH website.

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Where Did the Term 'DJ' Come From?

Feb 11, 2019

What is the origin of that curious term, DJ? A disc jockey or DJ is a name that's been common in the radio industry since its early days. To trace its origins, Neil Hever will have to go back to 1940.


Tubes to Transistors

Feb 6, 2019

The transition from tubes to transistors revolutionized radio by reducing the size of the receiver and energy consumption needed to fuel a broadcast. It helped create a youth market not paralleled since the golden age of top 40 radio from the mid  1950s to 1970s. Neil Hever explores the rise of this new technology.

Armed Forces Radio Service in WWII

Feb 5, 2019

The Armed Forces Radio Service was established during World War II.  Neil Hever examines the effort to provide entertainment to troops during the war from Germany to the Solomon Islands.