France celebrates a century of innovation on its airwaves

France celebrates a century of innovation on its airwaves
France celebrates a century of innovation on its airwaves

To celebrate the 100 years of French radio, the Eiffel Tower, linked to this media, was illuminated on Monday, May 31. This is where the first radio tests were carried out in 1898, using 48 antenna panels installed at the top.

From May 31 to June 6, France is celebrating 100 years of radio. A week of festivities orchestrated by the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) to retrace the history of this medium, from the first radio broadcasts from the site of the Eiffel Tower to the acceleration of the deployment of digital terrestrial radio, by way of by releasing the FM band. In its early days, it was called the TSF, for “wireless transmission”. After military use, in 1921, the radio was finally accessible to the general public.

Its programs, concerts and reports are broadcast through an antenna at the top of the Eiffel Tower. The radio becomes an innovative sector, with the mass production of the first stations. On June 19, 1950, France achieved a world first: the birth of stereophonic broadcasting. Great actors will inaugurate it, like Gérard Philippe and Danièle Delorme. On the listeners side, two positions were needed to be able to benefit from it. At the time, the state monopoly prohibited all private radio, so RMC broadcasts from Monaco and RTL from Luxembourg. In 1981, it was the big turning point. The left frees the FM band, and free radios explode all over the country. Local or national radio stations that always appeal to listeners.

 
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