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Telstar and Me: July 23, 1962

| July 23, 2021

Radio and television broadcasting were changed forever on a summer afternoon
in 1962. Everybody realized it then; hardly anyone cares or remembers today.

(This article was originally posted on LinkedIn on July 23, 2020. It has been edited and amended prior to submission to TALKERS.)

By Mark Wainwright

 

SYRACUSE — Instant worldwide audio/video communication is a routine, taken‐for‐granted aspect of our lives; we can hold the technology in our hands and access it anytime. Yet, it wasn’t so long ago that this was the stuff of science fiction. By the early 1960’s, live worldwide radio had been around for decades. With a combination of shortwave transmission and some intricate international phone links, you could get a radio broadcast from just about anywhere to just about anyplace. There were limitations, and the audio quality wasn’t great, but it could be done. The bandwidth demands of “broadcast‐quality” television, however, were a much higher hurdle.

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