Radio & Edward Rogers
Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers

Ted Rogers
Ted Rogers was born in Toronto Canada on born on May 27 1933. He attended the Upper Canada College in Toronto; The University of Toronto, Trinity College, B.A., and Osgoode Law School. On December 9,1921, he participating in a radio contest sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.He was able to send a signal from Newmarket, Ontario to Androssan Scotland. This event caused him to be known as the first Canadian amateur to send a transatlantic signal. Newspapers on the day of, described him as the "Wireless wizard. When 1925 came around Ted Rogers who was a Canadian inventer, found a way of plugging the radio right into a house hold electrical current. This invention was the first battery-less radio which sold for $150. In Febuary 1927, Ted started up his own radio station in Toronto. Calling his radio station CFRB (R for Rogers B for Battery-less).Ted went on to own what we know of now as "Rogers Wireless" now run by Edward Rogers Jr.
Ted Rogers at CFRB



Radio all started when Guglielmo Marconi found out about "radio waves" and invented the first Wireless radio. The most listened to radio was the crystal radio. It always ran on the power received by radio waves through a long wire antenna. This radio gets its name from the crystal detector which was originally made from a piece of crystalline mineral such as galena. The components of a Crystal radio are tuning coil of copper wire, crystal detector and earphones. The radio brought the city of Toronto together. People who lived in urban areas, could now know what was happening in rule areas. Projecting Music, News, and voices could be heard from across Canada. The only problem with the Crystal radio was that they had earphones that were attached to the radio and transmitted very little sound so only one person could listen to it one at a time.
Crystal Radio

Over the years the Radio grew into bigger louder more expensive radios. Being made from elaborate wooden cabinets, replacing the crystal and whiskers for tubes and speakers that replaces the headphones, for everyone to listen to people enjoyed this radio so much better. To this day, you can listen to plastic radios, some still with antennas and some without.IT was possible to buy a 1922 Chevrolet with a Westinghouse radio installed. The radio cost around $200. Since then, most cars have had radio and to this day, all cars have radio with AM and FM. The same things that were played back in 1920 are played now in 2010, Music, News, and just talk.

Radio Stations of the 1920's & 1930's

Radio Broadcasting
By 1929 there were 85 small broadcasting stations in Canada. One of them CFRB, another commercial radio station (CFCF) broadcasting in Montreal, and CKAC Canada's first French radio station in 1922. Even though there were a lot of stations in Canada, America had the most radio stations.


The radio was a big help to people across Canada. Bringing people together from the Rural ares to the Urban areas. Telling people the recent news and whats hot and whats not. The radio always had people entertained.Playing music whenever you wanted and was easy to take to family picnics and outings. The radio is what brought on new things like CD players and Ipod's. Without the radio we wouldn't have all the electronic music devices we have today.