The Open of NBC/RCA's First Television Broadcast—07/07/1936


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In 1932 RCA field engineers were testing an Iconoscope pickup tube linked to a transmitter installed on the roof of a Camden, NJ research plant. Still pictures were broadcast via ultrahigh frequency over a few miles’ distance to a prototype set equipped with an experimental cathode ray receiving tube. It would come to be known as the Kinescope. An RCA transmitting antenna was implanted at the top of the Empire State Building and several receivers were scattered about the New York metropolitan area in the homes of RCA technical personnel. As interest mounted, congress passed the Communications Act of 1934, abolishing the Federal Radio Commission in favor of the new Federal Communications Commission. The word “television” was left out, but so was the word “radio.” In 1935, NBC renovated a small studio—3H—at Radio City for television broadcasts, and on July 7th, 1936, they went live for the first time. This is the beginning of that broadcast. The full 50-minute telecast can be seen here -

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