Can you hear the radios in these minutes? How often do you listen to the radio?

Radios were invented in the late 19th century and became very popular – by the 1930s nearly all families in the UK had a radio! In those days, a radio was called a wireless.

Minute collection 1 #29 was recorded in 1929: what do these people think about the wireless?

Before television and computers, most families would gather round the radio in the evening to listen to comedy shows or news broadcasts. There were also special radio shows for children, like ‘Let’s Pretend’.

Today, radios use digital technology, which means they pick up signals in a different way from older radios and make a clearer sound.