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American Radio and Research Corporation (AMRAD) Records
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1915 -- 1947
- 1915 -- 1982
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
1.0 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
In 1920, AMRAD vacated their original facility and moved downhill across the Boston and Maine Railroad tracks, building a concrete structure on the Stearns estate. Faced with an oversupply of manufactured receivers from the war, they began advertising their equipment in magazines. Using a volunteer group made up of AMRAD employees and Tufts students, AMRAD consistently broadcast on Station 1XE several evenings a week. By 1921, this had become daily programming and took on a more professional quality: 1XE broadcast several well-known guest speakers, and ran a program titled “the Tufts College Radiophone Lectures,” which consisted of Tufts professors delivering a fifteen minute lecture from the AMRAD station to an audience of 100,000.
The company was plagued with financial worries during the early 1920s. Few of the programs broadcast generated any revenue, and the company suffered from poor management decisions that took on debt. The company faced a growing negative reputation: orders placed for their receivers were often late or went unfulfilled, and products which had not actually been produced appeared in magazine advertisements. Few of the programs on 1XE generated any income, and J. P. Morgan stopped investing in the company, due to a lack of profit. In 1925, AMRAD went bankrupt, and the station went off the air. It continued to manufacture products until 1928, when it was acquired by the Crosley Radio Corporation.