David Sarnoff was born in Russia on February 27, 1891 and came
to New York in 1900. He joined the American Marconi Company in 1906
and quickly rose through the ranks to become a wireless telegraph
operator and later assistant chief engineer and chief inspector.
In 1912, Sarnoff was one of a number of wireless operators to receive
and send out reports on the sinking of the Titanic.
When American Marconi was sold to General Electric in 1919, Sarnoff
joined the newly formed Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Here,
Sarnoff advocated his plans to make radio "a household
utility in the same sense as the piano or phonograph."
That vision came true in 1926, when RCA purchased WEAF/New York
and launched the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), the first
radio network in America. By 1930, Sarnoff had become president
of RCA and NBC had split into two networks, the Red and the Blue.
The Blue Network later became ABC Radio.
During Sarnoffs tenure at RCA, the company developed extensive
research facilities to explore new broadcasting technologies. Sarnoff
retired from RCA in 1970.
David Sarnoff died on December 12, 1971.
David Sarnoff was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
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