Posted tagged ‘Radio’

Guglielmo Marconi

November 1, 2010

Here I am writing of Marconi again, but I do so because I am fascinated by what he accomplished. Marconi was born in Bologna and at the age of 20, and with no formal scientific education, he was able to identify the missing element that allowed his self-made apparatus to transmit a signal over a distance of several kilometers. And, he did it alone, basically in a room on the third floor of his father’s home, studying and experimenting alone…no professors taught him! His ingenuity carried the day, if you will.


Within a year, he became an international celebrity and, spending much time in England, he spoke the English language beautifully. On March 27th in 1899, he transmitted a signal across the English Channel.

in 1901, he continued his experiments on Cape Cod, Wellfleet where , as Thoreau said, the “bare and extended arm of Massachusetts, where a man may stand and put all of America behind him,”

Of course, Marconi succeed there in transmitting a signal across the pond from the Poldhu station on the English coast to Wellfleet. There is another Marconi monument in Wellfleet, dedicated in July of 1963. In 1999 Princess Elettra Marconi visited Wellfleet in recognition of the 125th anniversary of her father’s birth.  I believe that is the year that she came to Rhode Island to dedicate the Marconi monument in Cranston.

Princess Elettra Marconi


Marconi Maritime Center

October 20, 2010


The Marconi Maritime Center in Chatham, Cape Cod

Thr Maritime Center is what I wrote of in a previous post. It is in Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod and well worth a visit. Marconi chose Chatham as a site for one of his 10 wireless radio ststions planned to link America with Europe and Japan. It was built in 1914 and converted to maritime operations. It served mariners the world over until 1997. The buildings are now restored very well and unchanged in their original settings.

Guglielmo Marconi

Built by Marconi in 1914, it became the “world’s greatest coastal station ” for ship to shore communications during WWII. Visit the Walter Cronkite video of the center and its glory.

The web site is

Voice of Italy Radio

June 30, 2010

Title: Italian Radio Show
Many years ago, I remember my grandparents and parents listening to the “Italian radio program” with Antonio Pace. Over subsequent years, I have listened to hosts Claude Campellone and Rolando Petrella and, more recently, to MariaGina Aiello. MariaGina has been in the Italian Radio broadcast business for many years, starting with Rolando in the late ‘80’s and now hosting  Radio Italia(Rhode Island’s Voice of Italy), broadcast every Sunday at noon on 88.1 FM WELH, Providence, RI.


Her Voice of Italy, started in 1999, no longer caters to just immigrants, but to Italians of mother tongue as well as to all Rhode Island American ‘Italophiles’ and other ethnic groups:  Spanish, Greeks, Portuguese and Armenians.
MariaGina’s web site, mirrors the Sunday “Radio Italia” program in a new format…a magazine radio broadcast not of stereotypical customs, but of Italian lifestyle in all its forms.
MariaGina says,
“I’ll try to keep you updated, entertained and informed about the topics dear to me and those like me:  Italy; its history, its culture, its people, its present and therefore, our very identity.  It is not an encyclopedic or literary undertaking; it is a transparent presentation of who I am (we are) and where I (we) come from.”
MariaGina has posted this great quote from Verdi on her site:
“Avrai tu l’universo, resti l’Italia a me.”
“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.” 
Indeed, all of us wish a part of this great country.
Listen to and support this wonderful show for a taste of Italy, its art, music, culinary traditions, and history…from the past and for the present.

Thank you, MariaGina.