Radio/Recordsby Max Ponty
Radiola RKO Radio Station Poster
Radio Radiola - 1929At the beginning RCA was the exclusive radio sales agent for the four largest electrical manufacturing companies: General Electric, AT&T, Wireless Specialty Apparatus and Westinghouse. In 1929 it was decided the monopoly of RCA had to end, so they split up. The first radio receivers to carry the RCA brand name were the Radiola models. The Radiola I, a crystal set, was manufactured in 1923. The wooden case opened on two sides. The front lid exposed the tuning control and connections for the antenna and headphones. The rear compartment provided a space to store the owner's headphones.