This is what radio was supposed to look like in 1972

Radio futurologist James Cridland always manages to dig up something interesting and/or thought-provoking about the industry. Today’s newsletter features this picture from Radio for All, published by someone named Hugo Gernsback back in 1922.

Radio was still very, very new back then, but it was in the process of capturing the public’s imagination. Gernsback knew that radio was going to be a Big Deal and tried to extrapolate where the technology might lead by 1972.

Note the radio controlled airplanes and ships, the wireless power distribution (a la Nikola Tesla), the “radio business controller” and–gasp!–a “radio clock.”

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