National Radio Hall of Fame honors Powel Crosley, Jr.
Hall Of Fame Opens Crosley Exhibit
The National Radio Hall of Fame has opened a new exhibit celebrating the contributions of WLW-AM/Cincinnati founder Powel Crosley, Jr. The exhibit chronicles the life and career of an innovator who made radio history bringing radio to the masses through the manufacturing of inexpensive radios. The 30 ft. by 10 ft. wall timeline features six of Crosley’s radios dating back to the 1930s and explains the role Crosley played in our nation’s history as an inventor, broadcaster, and businessman.
The exhibit also features a brief video biography of Crosley’s remarkable career. The exhibit was made possible thanks to a donation from the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the tourism marketing arm of Manatee County, Florida. The CVB operates and maintains the Powel Crosley Estate on behalf of the ownership of Manatee County Government.
By the time of his death in 1961, Crosley had invented, introduced, manufactured, or produced the following, all of which are celebrated through the National Radio Hall of Fame exhibit:
· WLW Radio/Cincinnati – “The Nation’s Station” – which fed network programming to NBC and Mutual in the 1930s, and used an unprecedented experimental 750,000-watt transmitter -
· The first compact economy car -
· The first auto radio -
· Introduction of soap operas to radio -
· Introduction of night baseball (as part-owner of the Cincinnati Reds) -
· The facsimile machine -
· The 35mm camera -
· Four airplanes.
MBC President Bruce DuMont said, "Powel Crosley, Jr. made monumental contributions to the United States and to the radio industry. His innovation and vision helped define radio as an important medium, bringing people together and sharing a culture. This new exhibit commemorates his hard work and dedication to radio.”
Many of the exhibit’s fixtures are on loan from the Manatee County Historical Records Library and the Powel Crosley Estate both in Bradenton, Florida, Crosley’s winter home where the multi-million dollar mansion, built in 1929, still remains on the shores of Sarasota Bay and is on the National Register of Historic Places.