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Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio


The National Museum of Industrial History’s new exhibit, “Don’t Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio” hit the airwaves last month. NMIH’s exhibit traces the history of the radio industry from the discovery of radio waves to the debut of the iPod.

“The historical impact of radio is immeasurable. It has the power to elect political figures, influence consumers, spread news and bring pleasure to audiences all over the world,” said Kara Mohsinger, President and CEO of NMIH.

Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, “Don’t Touch That Dial” features over one hundred historic radios and radio components, including rare pieces from the Bethlehem Radio Corporation, ephemera from the now-defunct WKAP, one-of-a-kind artifacts from Bell Labs, and more. Visitors to this interactive exhibit will have a chance to listen to early broadcasts, see an amateur radio operator’s station in action, try their hand at creating radio sound effects, and craft messages using Morse code.

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