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1918 __ Concerts relayed into the home
Arthur Burrows (1857-1929)
Comment : Arthur Burrows' professional backgroung lay in journalism, not in electrical engineering. But as early as 1912 he had become obsessed with the idea of voices in the ether, heard miles away from their source. It was the latest wonder of science and he became one of the pre-war ban of wireless amateurs (call sign VGX). Like Captain H. de Alva Donisthorpe, Burrows found himself called upon to train wireless operators in the interpretation of enemy messages and propaganda. But he performed his vital role from within Marconi, working at their Head Office in the Strand. Towards the end of the war, Burrows began to turn his mind to peaceful applications for wireless telephony; first, its use in the field of journalism and secondly, its potential for mass entertainment and information. In short, for broadcasting in the literal sense of the word. Burrows suggested having concerts from the Albert Hall of Queens Hall and also other recitals relayed into the home. He even foresaw a means of covering the cost and avoiding listeners having to pay a subscription to the musical agencies. "There would be no technical difficulty in the way of an enterprising advertisement agancy arranging for the intervals in the musical programmes to be filled with appeals in appropriate tones on behalf on somebody's soup or tomato ketchup" ("Yearbook of Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony", 1918, p. 958). (John & Brian Fennessy)
Source : Hennessy, Brian & John (2005), "The emergence of broadcasting in Britain", Southerleigh, pp. 43-44.

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