|Bob at the Book Fair
|"I have solved
the problem of telephoning without wires through the earth as Signor Marconi has of sending signals through space." |
Nathan Stubblefield, 1902
But Was It Radio?
Kentucky, folks say it was. For nearly 70 years, they claimed that Nathan Stubblefield's invention made Murray the true
"Birthplace of Radio." Elsewhere, people are skeptical. Read the story of what Nathan Stubblefield really did and
how he became a folk hero -- then decide for yourself.
|Nathan Stubblefield lost the fame race to Marconi.
|A West Kentuckian's scientific breakthrough
About the Author
|Bob Lochte is a Professor
in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where he has worked
since 1988. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Columbia College - Los Angeles, and of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville
where he received his Ph.D. in 1987. |
Previously, Dr. Lochte worked for 22 years in radio and television, beginning with a part-time job for WKDA-AM, Nashville,
Tennessee, when he was in high school. Over the years he has worked in commercial and non-commercial broadcasting, cable television,
and has owned and operated both radio and television stations. Since
1990, Dr. Lochte has been learning about Nathan Stubblefield and other wireless inventors of the late 19th century.
Over that time, he has published articles in both academic and popular periodicals including The Journal of Radio Studies,
Timeline, Inc. Technology, and American Heritage of Invention and Technology. He has twice won awards from the
Broadcast Education Association for excellence in historical research. In 1999, Dr. Lochte received a fellowship from the
National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution to study American wireless inventors and their work. Dr. Bob's Homepage at Murray State University.