Television first broadcast was in 1926. The very first images to be transmitted wirelessly were done by John Baird, a Scottish inventor who lived in London. Using a homemade mechanical scanning deceive made out of two hatboxes and a coffin lid, Baird sent the images from his transmitting device to a receiving device that then displayed the images on a simple cathode ray tube. Baird�s device was simple and home made, but it worked and television history was made. The television first broadcast made by a commercial company happened in 1941. 1941 was the year that the Federal Communications Commission issued the first commercial television license. W2XBS received their television broadcasting license on May 2, 1941 and made their first broadcast on July 1, 1941.
Up until that moment, everything that had been broadcast was considered experiential television. The first licensed television first broadcast station changed it call letters to WNBT and was one of the most prominent broadcasters serving the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas, which is still considered the number one market in the country. This pioneer in the area of television has changed its call letters a few times over the years and is known today as WNBC and is still one of the major TV networks serving not only the metro New York area but through its affiliates, the entire country.
Not content with just making television first broadcast history, NBC has gone down in the history books for making all of these other fists as well:
� First sports telecast
� Airing the first commercial
� Airing the first newscast
� Airing the first local color broadcast.
However, shortly after television first broadcast, World War II started and all manufacture of TVs and the other equipment necessary to expand television broadcast areas was halted. Television was put on the back burner until after World War II ended. Returning GIs had money to spend and after they heard about television first broadcast, they began snatching up the existing TV sets created a demand for the manufactures to produce more. A new era in history had begun.