This Was Television On August 21

1928: WRNY begins regularly scheduled broadcasts

 The New York area AM radio station took to the visual airwaves with a series of experimental broadcasts from a transmitter in Coytesville, NJ to a receiver in Manhattan. According to the New York Times, the station commenced with an demonstration at New York University’s Philosophy Hall, among the earliest successful televisual broadcasts in the world.

Little has been recorded of what types of programs WRNY broadcast, but this being the 1920s one can safely assume they were chock-full of flapper girls, Tommy guns, and behatted men calling one another “sport.”  -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Kim Cattrall, libertine (56); Loretta Devine, Boston public teacher (63); Carrie=Anne Moss, model inc. (45); Hayden Panettiere, saved cheerleader (23); Harry Smith, newsman (61); Clarence Williams III, mod (73).

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