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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television$
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Donald G. Godfrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038280

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.001.0001

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The Eyes of Radio

The Eyes of Radio

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(p.135) 10 The Eyes of Radio
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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television
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Donald G. Godfrey

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.003.0011

This chapter focuses on C. Francis Jenkins' pioneering work in radio. In 1925, Jenkins began his first experimental television station in Washington, D.C. Called 3XK (later W3XK-TV), it was among the first licensed experimental television stations in the United States. Jenkins envisioned that it would follow patterns established in the growth of commercial radio. This chapter first considers Jenkins' radio-related ideas, including receivers called “Radiovisor Kits,” and goes on to discuss some of the challenges he faced in trying to improve receiver technology. It then considers the Radio Act of 1927, which shifted the Department of Commerce's licensing authority to a new Federal Radio Commission, along with Jenkins' concept for a large theater-sized television screen. It also recounts Jenkins' demonstration of his television technology for Federal Radio Commissioners in 1928 and the W3XK inaugural programming that same year. Finally, it assesses Jenkins' role in the development of television standards.

Keywords:   radio, C. Francis Jenkins, experimental television stations, receivers, Radiovisor Kits, Radio Act, Federal Radio Commission, television screen, W3XK, television

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