Ken Burns: Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio DVD

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From Ken Burns, producer of THE CIVIL WAR, comes the story of radio's creation of radio and three men of genius, vision, and determination: Lee De Forest, a clergyman's flamboyant son; Edwin Howard Armstrong, a brilliant, withdrawn inventor; and David Sarnoff, a hard-driving Russian immigrant who created the world's most powerful communications company. This film evokes the lives of three ... More
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From Ken Burns, producer of THE CIVIL WAR, comes the story of radio's creation of radio and three men of genius, vision, and determination: Lee De Forest, a clergyman's flamboyant son; Edwin Howard Armstrong, a brilliant, withdrawn inventor; and David Sarnoff, a hard-driving Russian immigrant who created the world's most powerful communications company. This film evokes the lives of three men whose work profoundly transformed modern America.

Producer: Ken Burns, Morgan Wesson, Tom Lewis
Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Production Company: Florentine Films
Production Year: 1991
Rating: TV-PG
Director: Ken Burns
Narrator: Jason Robards
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 120 minutes
Audio Format: Stereo

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Dig D.
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4.0 star rating
05/02/22
Good but theres even more
Review by Dig D. on 05/02/22 review stating Good but theres even more
On March 11, 2013, the late Philo Farnsworth___a native of the eastern Idaho town of Rigby___ was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame as the inventor of the first fully functional, all-electronic television system, demonstrating it to the public in 1928. Too bad this documentary doesnt go into the drama surrounding Farnsworths television invention and how it was pirated by David Sarnoff, the president of RCA (which would later become NBC), as dramatized in the Broadway play, The Farnsworth Invention, written by Aaron Sorkin. An on-line follow-up from Ken Burns would go far in telling the truth. Moreover, with little if any discuion of Teslas significant contribution to radio (and electronics), including the invention of radio (radio-controlled boat in 1898) THREE YEARS ahead of Marconis transmiion in 1901.
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Dave
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5.0 star rating
05/02/22
Out Standing!!!!!!
Review by Dave on 05/02/22 review stating Out Standing!!!!!!
This documentary gives the viewer an insight to the development of radio never before seen! Three distinct individuals, with contrasting character, take you through the development of AM radio and the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.
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Milo
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5.0 star rating
12/13/20
For Geeks and Non Geeks alike
Review by Milo on 12/13/20 review stating For Geeks and Non Geeks alike
I share Victor Heards review; he described this Burns special perfectly. I am not a techie and probably challenged more than most but found this to be both intriguing and fascinating. Its not just telling you the story but putting you into the era at the same time. Recommended this for your geek friends.
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Dig D.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Good but theres even more
Review by Dig D. on 07/17/20 review stating Good but theres even more
On March 11, 2013, the late Philo FarnsworthEURa native of the eastern Idaho town of RigbyEUR was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame as the inventor of the first fully functional, all-electronic television system, demonstrating it to the public in 1928. Too bad this documentary doesnt go into the drama surrounding Farnsworths television invention and how it was pirated by David Sarnoff, the president of RCA (which would later become NBC), as dramatized in the Broadway play, The Farnsworth Invention, written by Aaron Sorkin. An on-line follow-up from Ken Burns would go far in telling the truth. Moreover, with little if any discuion of Teslas significant contribution to radio (and electronics), including the invention of radio (radio-controlled boat in 1898) THREE YEARS ahead of Marconis transmiion in 1901.
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Dig D.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Good but theres even more
Review by Dig D. on 07/17/20 review stating Good but theres even more
On March 11, 2013, the late Philo Farnswortha native of the eastern Idaho town of Rigby was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame as the inventor of the first fully functional, all-electronic television system, demonstrating it to the public in 1928. Too bad this documentary doesnt go into the drama surrounding Farnsworths television invention and how it was pirated by David Sarnoff, the president of RCA (which would later become NBC), as dramatized in the Broadway play, The Farnsworth Invention, written by Aaron Sorkin. An on-line follow-up from Ken Burns would go far in telling the truth. Moreover, with little if any discuion of Teslas significant contribution to radio (and electronics), including the invention of radio (radio-controlled boat in 1898) THREE YEARS ahead of Marconis transmiion in 1901.
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Eileen F.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radi
Review by Eileen F. on 07/17/20 review stating Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radi
I grew up in a Broadcast Family. Radio (WINS) (WABC) and TV, (WNEW) (WABC) WRCA) WABW and print, NY Times as well as the ESJ. My family owned several stations and I was charged to learn from my elders. So General Sarnoff was one you always listend to and respected for his vision, syamina and wisdom. I also looked up to J, Elroy McCaw, His son Craig McCaw,Rick Sklar, Don Ingram, Soupy Sales and anyone who would teach me to master this trade and teach my sons and grandsons as well. One son works for Turner (CNN) his wife for HLN and my husband was a video engineer for WTTG in DC. Communications and quality broadcasting is critical for an informed America, which makes us stronger and better. I salute all of you where ever you maybe in your lifes work and ambitions. It couldnt have been better for me. Eileen Gallo Fry retired from TV but always ready to help the next generations in whatever area of broadcast they choose.
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Vector H.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The best Ken Burns film so far
Review by Vector H. on 07/17/20 review stating The best Ken Burns film so far
Only a geek like me could praise this film so highly. Kids interested in tech (high or low) should see this film, and write a report on it. Check its facts, read other sources about radio, television, science and engineering. But this film is a great place to start. Its got some tech in it (Id like much more...). Its got the people. Its got the personal, and public battles. All the inspiration, frustration, elation, and desperation, surrounding one of the most fundamental technologies human kind has ever produced. Kudos to all those involved in the film. And a big thanks to Jason Robards for the narration, hes perfect. This film is epic...
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Marco
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Brilliant
Review by Marco on 07/17/20 review stating Brilliant
Riveting documentary. Ken Burns found and incredible story, stranger than fiction. A must see.
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Hammershow
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great!
Review by Hammershow on 07/17/20 review stating Great!
Anyone who works in broadcasting should watch this great documentary! Interesting and and at the same time very sad!


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