National Radio Day

Today is National Radio Day and this is a bit of a mish-mosh post. I’ve long enjoyed audio broadcasts, especially NPR. (Yes I am a member.) That was my early pull into podcasts where I could catch NPR programs when I wanted, not when broadcast, and then picked up other favorites as well. Radio is a pretty amazing technology with inventive contributions from such luminaries as Heinrich Hertz, Nikola Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi.

Which reminds me. If you haven’t already, you should read the book “Thunderstruck” by Erik Larson, you really should. He is an amazing writer who combines true historical events in fascinating combinations that read like a novel. (You should also read his amazing “The Devil in the White City.”) Thunderstruck combines the final refinements (involving both Tesla and Marconi) of wireless communications and a true life crime story with a fingernail biting climax. Highly recommended.

As always you can find more at and on Twitter @walterthinnes

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