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Offline wv11372

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First-ever radio advertisement
« on: July 06, 2010, 10:25:15 PM »
Not sure if everyone was aware of this, but I heard this while viewing a documentary on NYC in the 20's -- the first-ever radio advertisement was for an apartment development in Jackson Heights!  (Not sure which apartment bldg.)

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Offline Aronan

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Re: First-ever radio advertisement
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2010, 10:02:59 AM »
I believe it was a commercial for The Towers.
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Offline spartacus

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Re: First-ever radio advertisement
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010, 10:46:59 AM »
The advertisement was actually for Hawthorne Court.  A number of years back, by pure happenstance, I heard a little piece on a NPR show about that advertisement and they actually played it.  How a copy survived and how they obtained it I have no idea.

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Re: First-ever radio advertisement
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2010, 11:30:53 AM »
There's an older post on JHL about the Hawthorne Court apartments radio advertisement.  Here's a link to it:

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Re: First-ever radio advertisement
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 03:55:54 PM »
Growing up in hawthorne Court, I actually recall people knowinga nd telling me this.

Not sure how they found the original ad for the recording though ... an old reel to reel or did it pre-date that?
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Re: First-ever radio advertisement
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 09:54:38 PM »
It's also mentioned in Eric Barnouw's book "A Tower in Babel" the 1st of three volumes on the history of U.S. broadcasting (pp. 110-112).  It includes the text of what was probably the first 30 seconds of the ad. Barnouw cites the source as Gleason L. Archer's book "History of Radio: to 1926" published in 1938 by the American Historical Society.

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Re: First-ever radio advertisement
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 09:54:38 PM »