The First TV


It goes back to 1883, when Paul Nipko invented a scanning device that could break down an image into a sequence of tiny pictorial elements. Experiments continued into the 1920s. In 1928, GE presented the first dramatic production on television. NBC began telecasts from New York in 1932. In 1939 America saw its first televised baseball game. The first official network broadcast came on February 1, 1940, on NBC. Rumor has it that Larry King was the anchor.

Early milestones included the coverage of Pearl Harbor in 1941, The Jackie Gleason Show, and wrestling. By 1948 there were 36 stations on the air. New York and Los Angeles each had seven stations. Houston had one. I believe Dave Ward anchored the local news in Houston.

From such humble beginnings, television has exploded to what we have now. I was pondering this the other day as I watched the water polo match between Riverdale High School and the local YMCA, on ESPN 27.

Isn’t it amazing how much progress we have made as a nation? We are no longer burdened with reading books and talking about the things of God as a family, just to pass the time.


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