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David Sarnoff

Radio Corporation of America

1930 - 1966

Entertainment & Broadcast Media

Military ServiceArmy
1930 b. 1891
Born-Died1891 - 1971
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1930

Trained as an engineer, Sarnoff predicted that radio, and later, television, would transform the way people interacted with the world around them. Sarnoff lead RCA to become the leader in radio programming, offering services from news, sports, entertainment shows, and connecting broadcast stations across the country to form one nationwide network. Sarnoff also founded the National Broadcasting Company as a subsidiary of RCA, and, while he was still a young scientist, Sarnoff helped create one of the first radio boxes, RCA’s Radiola, which earned revenues of $83.5 million in 1924.