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"From Pirate Radio to Broadcasting House: A Journey Through the Airwaves" Step into the fascinating world of radio stations

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Pirate Radio

Pirate Radio
Screaming Lord Sutchs pirate radio station, located just off the Kent Coast. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Broadcasting House DP177573

Broadcasting House DP177573
Langham Place, Marylebone, City of Westminster, Greater London. General view of Langham Place from the south, showing All Souls Church between Broadcasting House and its new John Peel Wing

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb

Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, WINX(?), Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, WINX(?), Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, WINX(?), Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb

Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. 1938. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. 1938. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. 1938

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. 1938. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. 1938. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. 1938

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Ted Weems and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Portrait of Ted Weems and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of Ted Weems and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Ted Weems and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Portrait of Ted Weems and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of Ted Weems and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Ted Weems, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Charlie Spivak and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Portrait of Charlie Spivak and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of Charlie Spivak and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Radio Station KGGC, [193-]. Creator: Unknown

Radio Station KGGC, [193-]. Creator: Unknown
Radio Station KGGC, [193-]. Federal Theatre Radio Players...Presents - Popular Theatre Series - 1/2 hour of Drama - Farce - Comedy - Radio Station KGGC - 1420 Kilocycles'

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Duke Ellington and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. c1940

Portrait of Duke Ellington and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. c1940. Creator: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb
Portrait of Duke Ellington and William P. Gottlieb, WINX, Washington, D.C. ca. 1940

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Charlie Barnet, WOR broadcast, Aquarium, New York, N.Y. ca. Aug. 1946

Portrait of Charlie Barnet, WOR broadcast, Aquarium, New York, N.Y. ca. Aug. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Charlie Barnet, WOR broadcast, Aquarium, New York, N.Y. ca. Aug. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Charlie Barnet, WOR broadcast, Aquarium, New York, N.Y. ca. Aug. 1946

Portrait of Charlie Barnet, WOR broadcast, Aquarium, New York, N.Y. ca. Aug. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Charlie Barnet, WOR broadcast, Aquarium, New York, N.Y. ca. Aug. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Symphony Sid and Josh White, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Symphony Sid and Josh White, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Symphony Sid and Josh White, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Josh White and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Josh White and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Josh White and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Symphony Sid and Josh White, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Symphony Sid and Josh White, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Symphony Sid and Josh White, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Arnett Cobb and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Arnett Cobb and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Arnett Cobb and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Arnett Cobb and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Arnett Cobb and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Arnett Cobb and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Josh White and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Josh White and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Josh White and Symphony Sid, WHOM, New York, N.Y. 1946

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Josh White and Mary Lou Williams, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947

Portrait of Josh White and Mary Lou Williams, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Josh White and Mary Lou Williams, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, Mel Tormé, Georgie Auld, Ray McKinley, Johnny...WMCA, N.Y. 1947

Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, Mel Tormé, Georgie Auld, Ray McKinley, Johnny...WMCA, N.Y. 1947
Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, Mel TormU, Georgie Auld, Ray McKinley, Johnny Desmond(?), Vic Damone, and Cab Calloway, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Johnny Desmond, Martin Block, Cab Calloway, Georgie Auld... WMCA, New York, N.Y. 1947

Portrait of Johnny Desmond, Martin Block, Cab Calloway, Georgie Auld... WMCA, New York, N.Y. 1947
Portrait of Johnny Desmond, Martin Block, Cab Calloway, Georgie Auld, Mel TormU, Mary Lou Williams, Tommy Dorsey, Josh White, Beryl Davis, and Ray McKinley, WMCA, New York, N.Y. ca. Oct. 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Sid Catlett and Freddie Robbins, WOV office, New York, N.Y. ca. June 1947

Portrait of Sid Catlett and Freddie Robbins, WOV office, New York, N.Y. ca. June 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Sid Catlett and Freddie Robbins, WOV office, New York, N.Y. ca. June 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Portrait of Sid Catlett and Freddie Robbins, WOV office, New York, N.Y. ca. June 1947

Portrait of Sid Catlett and Freddie Robbins, WOV office, New York, N.Y. ca. June 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Sid Catlett and Freddie Robbins, WOV office, New York, N.Y. ca. June 1947

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Radio towers, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Radio towers, between 1910 and 1920

Radio towers, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Radio towers, between 1910 and 1920
Radio towers, between 1910 and 1920. USA

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Kix 96 presenter Graham Torrington kicks off Coventrys newest Radio station today

Kix 96 presenter Graham Torrington kicks off Coventrys newest Radio station today. 14th January 1995

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Broadcasting House HKR01_04_287

Broadcasting House HKR01_04_287
Broadcasting House, Portland Place, Marylebone, City of Westminster, Greater London. View of the BBC radio studios from the south

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Broadcasting House HKR01_04_288

Broadcasting House HKR01_04_288
Broadcasting House, Portland Place, Marylebone, City of Westminster, Greater London. View of the BBC radio studios from the south-west

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Demolition by Royal Canadian Engineers of a wireless station in the Svalbard Islands

Demolition by Royal Canadian Engineers of a wireless station in the Svalbard Islands during the Spitzbergen Raid. 3rd September 1941

Background imageRadio Station Collection: RAF Photo Reconnaissance image of the damage inflicted on the Charlottenburg short wave

RAF Photo Reconnaissance image of the damage inflicted on the Charlottenburg short wave radio transmitting station in Berlin, Several buildings have suffered damage. Circa April 1944

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Reichsender Hamburg radio station now under British control. Lieutenant G. H

Reichsender Hamburg radio station now under British control. Lieutenant G. H
Reichsender Hamburg radio station now under British control. Lieutenant G.H.Perry, formerly of the " Daily Mirror" of the Psychological Warfare Branch, who does the station announcements

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Performers singing a duet in one of the studios of 2LO, Savoy Hill, London, 1923, (1935)

Performers singing a duet in one of the studios of 2LO, Savoy Hill, London, 1923, (1935). 2LO was the second radio station to broadcast regularly in the United Kingdom

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Janet Street Porter in radio studio 1973

Janet Street Porter in radio studio 1973

Background imageRadio Station Collection: CHARLES DAVID HERROLD (1875-1948). Known as Doc. American radio broadcasting pioneer

CHARLES DAVID HERROLD (1875-1948). Known as Doc. American radio broadcasting pioneer. Herrold standing in the doorway of his radio station in San Jose, California

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Dave Lee, Jazz FM London, 1990. Artist: Brian O Connor

Dave Lee, Jazz FM London, 1990. Artist: Brian O Connor
Dave Lee, Jazz FM London, 1990

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Dave Lee, Jazz FM, Marble Arch, London, Feb 1990. Artist: Brian O Connor

Dave Lee, Jazz FM, Marble Arch, London, Feb 1990. Artist: Brian O Connor
Dave Lee, Jazz FM, Marble Arch, London, Feb 1990

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Orquesta: Neno Gonzalez Cortesia - Radio Cadena Habana, c1910

Orquesta: Neno Gonzalez Cortesia - Radio Cadena Habana, c1910

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Mobile radio station used by Marconi, 1900

Mobile radio station used by Marconi, 1900. Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), an Italian physicist and inventor, was the first to send radio signals across the Atlantic

Background imageRadio Station Collection: RADIO: WNYC, 1948. A celebration of the radio station WNYCs 25th anniversary. Standing

RADIO: WNYC, 1948. A celebration of the radio station WNYCs 25th anniversary. Standing, left to right: Miriam Cutler, Dulcie Rogers, Marilyn Tack, Patti Bolton, Lynn Thiras

Background imageRadio Station Collection: OLGA PETROVA (1884-1977). American (English-born) vaudeville star and actress

OLGA PETROVA (1884-1977). American (English-born) vaudeville star and actress. Madame Petrova broadcasting over Station WJZ, Newark, New Jersey, in the 1920s

Background imageRadio Station Collection: RADIO STATION, 1916. A wireless radio station tower, Nome, Alaska, 1916

RADIO STATION, 1916. A wireless radio station tower, Nome, Alaska, 1916

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Singing to all Britain. Dame Clara Butt, when she sang from the new Chelmsford

Singing to all Britain. Dame Clara Butt, when she sang from the new Chelmsford high power wireless station, opened a new era in broadcasting history. A view of the new station. 31 January 1925

Background imageRadio Station Collection: Broadcasting House

Broadcasting House
circa 1930: Side view of Broadcasting House, headquarters of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), at Langham Place, London. (Photo by Herbert Felton/Herbert Felton/Getty Images)



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"From Pirate Radio to Broadcasting House: A Journey Through the Airwaves" Step into the fascinating world of radio stations, where waves of music and voices travel through time and space. Explore the rich history that spans across continents, from London's iconic Broadcasting House DP177573 to HKR01_04_287 and HKR01_04_288. Transport yourself back to 1923, when performers sang duets in the studios of 2LO at Savoy Hill in London. Witness their passion as they brought melodies to life, setting a precedent for future generations. Fast forward to 1990, where Dave Lee made his mark on Jazz FM London. With Marble Arch as his backdrop, he captivated audiences with soulful tunes that resonated deep within their hearts. Brian O'Connor's artistic portrayal perfectly captured this magical moment. Travel even further back in time to c1910 Cuba, where Orquesta Neno Gonzalez graced Radio Cadena Habana with their enchanting melodies. The airwaves carried their music far and wide, connecting people across borders. Witness Marconi's groundbreaking invention come alive in 1900 with a mobile radio station that revolutionized communication forever. This technological marvel paved the way for countless advancements yet to come. But not all stories have happy endings; some are marked by destruction and control. RAF Photo Reconnaissance images reveal the damage inflicted on Charlottenburg shortwave during World War II while Reichsender Hamburg fell under British control after years of propaganda-filled broadcasts. Through triumphs and challenges alike, radio stations remain an integral part of our lives - a source of entertainment, information, and connection. They continue to evolve alongside society but never lose sight of their purpose: bringing joy through sound waves that transcend boundaries. So next time you tune into your favorite station or catch snippets from afar remember the incredible journey these frequencies have traveled - from pirate radios pushing boundaries to broadcasting houses shaping cultures.