Rev. Jozef Murgas: Radio's Forgotten Genius | WVIA

Rev. Jozef Murgas: Radio's Forgotten Genius

Posted by WVIA Admin on

Originally aired on WVIA-TV in 1996

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Wilkes-Barre, PA area in the Anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania served as a melting pot where many immigrantsw came in search of a job and a new life for themselves and their families. It was here that a young Roman Catholic priest from Slovakia came not only to lead a new congregation, but to eventually lead the way to the development of wireless communications.

Wireless telegraphy became reality in the 1890s when Nikola Tesla in the United States and Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi found ways to use radio waves to transmit telegraph messages without wires. Marconi's "spark" radio, however, could at first only generate a simple, uniform signal. Rev. Jozef Murgas Worked in his basement workshop, in the early 1900s developing a "Musical Tone System" that by introducing a variety of tones through a high-speed alternator to the "spark" enabled faster recognition of Morse code signals. Murgas' musical-tone system, and a similar system developed independently by William Duddell in England, were a significant improvement over single-tone systems.

In 1904, Murgas patented his musical-tone system and began to construct towers needed for its demonstration. By 1905, he entered into a partnership with a group of Philadelphia-based investors to develop and market Murgas' system.

Rev. Jozef Murgas was a gifted man and his ideas are a recorded part of an important frontier in the history of communications technology.

To purchase the DVD, click here.

pbs.pngnpr.pngpbskids.png
listenlive_fulllength.jpg cove_spacer.png
Now Playing on WVIA-FM

        

nprnews5.jpg

Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns...

The Miracle Of Cataract Surgery: The Blind Can See Again

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally. But a quick surgery and a $4 plastic lens can restore sight...

NRA Leader Warns Conservatives Of 'Socialist Wave' In Wake Of Shooting

NRA executive Wayne LaPierre gave a defiant speech about "elites" taking advantage of last week's Florida shooting...

U.S. Men Win A Shocker On The Sheet, Will Play For Gold In Olympics Curling Final

It wasn't exactly supposed to happen this way. But the U.S. men's curling team surged late against traditional...

Community And Vegetables Grow Side-By-Side In Syrian Refugee Camp Gardens

Some Syrians have found that the difficult work of growing fruits and vegetables in refugee camps brings a sense of...

healthybites_sidebar2.png reserve3.png

playtimepad_box.png

artscene_header.png