Golden Age Of Radio Exhibit Opening At Haldimand Museum & Archives

Haldimand County Museum & Archives is celebrating the history of radio with its latest exhibit, The Golden Age of Radio opening on October 3, 2018 at 1 pm.

The exhibit opening will kick off with a talk on the exhibit led by museum curator Karen Richardson. Special guest Peter Jaycock, morning host on 92.9 The Grand FM, will be on hand to guide visitors through the process of making commercials through hands-on participation.  Peter will also give participants the opportunity to do a live, on-air promotion.

The Golden Age of Radio exhibit takes a nostalgic look at radio’s golden age; it will feature a number of artifacts from the museum’s collection as well as special displays created in partnership with Mohawk College’s Entertainment Business class.

The invention of the radio is largely credited to Guglielmo Marconi who, in 1894, began to develop the theory of a wireless telegraph system based on the use of Hertzian waves (radio waves). In 1897, Marconi established the first radio station on the Isle of Wright.

Commercial radio broadcasting began in the early 1920s and lasted until the 1950s. Entertainment programs including radio plays, mystery serials, soap operas, quiz shows, talent shows, variety hours, situation comedies, play-by-play sports, children’s shows, cooking shows and up to the minute news.

Admission to the museum is by donation, and complementary refreshments will be served at the exhibit opening on October 3. The exhibit will be open to the public until December 17, 2018.

For more information on museum exhibits and programming, contact the museum at 905-772-5880 or email Karen Richardson, museum curator at krichardson@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

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