Before the beginning of the 20th century, television broadcasting was still a dream or a preconceived idea of some few individuals like Farnsworth among others who had the big idea of television. The idea begun germinates as early as 1820s but only became a reality in the year 1920s close to a century down the line. The remarkable invention was made by Philo Farnsworth who managed to come up with an electronic television picture when he was just 21 years old making it the first ever television to exist (Carter, 2010). During this time, television broadcasting had not heated up and by 1930s; it happened that the experimental broadcast television started showing images of wrestling, music and dance to a very small screen as other advancements in the Television world continued. The first broadcast came some few months later when William Paley using his CBS begun broadcasting in Grand central station.
The inventions did not mark the end of it. After the first broadcast, the companies began producing television sets and selling them all over consciously thinking of the radio that also belonged to them. As time went by, the television invention continued and by 1940s, a vast of shows could be shown on television and most of the radio programs were now getting integrated into television. In the 1950s television straggled to become the nation’s mass media and it succeeded (Carter, 2010). The televisions started broadcasting very serious programs as at the end of the 1950s. At these times there used not to be sports coverage’s in the televisions; this means that, all the games that were plays were never covered on television. The number of television sets had increased by the down of 1950s and the people who owned the sets enjoyed to look at some very short news about some events. It did not provide a deep look at the events since id depended on the filmed events that were very short.
The year 1960s was very important in the sports television broadcasting because of very many reasons. To begin with, it is at this time when the first Olympic game was aired for people to watch from their homes, and the 1960 winter Olympics were the first to be televised. The eight Olympics winter games that are commonly known as the 1960 winter Olympics was the first game were the very first of their own that was broadcast on the televisions especially in the United States of America (Slotten, 2000). There was no other game that had been broadcast in the United States of America before the 1960 Olympic Games. Despite the fact that this was the first time that the Olympic Games were openly put on televisions, this was not the first time that the Olympic Games were seen on the television. Way back in the year 1936 Olympics that was played in Berlin that was not publicly shown but it was shown on closed circuit television.
The 1960s therefore became a very important time in the life of broadcasting in games. Despite the fact that the coverage was made for a very short time, it still remained to be the very first time that people had to publicly watch the Olympics from their homes. However much it made the first time when people watched the games from their homes, they were not fully live events. Some few live events and much of the taped games were shown for the 13 hours over the course of 13 days making history in the broadcasting life of televisions. At this time, the live events on the television were given very minimal time. For example, in the very year when the games were first broadcast, very little time was given for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games as recorded. Even the president was given only a single line to communicate meaning that the size of the coverage was little indeed.
It is during these times when live debates were viewed openly on television and it is remarkable when the two presidential contestants were competing against each other, and it is remarkable that, the debate shifted the majority to John F Kennedy who took the presidential position base on what was presented during that time. The broadcasting that was done for very few minutes started improving with time from this period onwards (Slotten, 2000). Long before this time, all programs were always viewed in black and white television screens and it was just good. In the year 1960, this was the first time that the full picture images were produced while broadcasting in televisions. It made very many people to now abandon the Radios and started looking for the televisions. The number of people who owned television sets by this time had now increased and people enjoyed watching all the interesting programs on Television. Most incredibly, the broadcast of the Olympic games up to date in America are always live broadcast away from the long times when it was limited.
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