RTL opens the archives of one hundred years of radio

“It was the radio that saved the Eiffel Tower, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, and that many Parisians wanted to see disappear”, will tell on Friday August 6, the journalist Laurent Marsick in his summer column devoted to 100 years of radio, broadcast every day in RTL Early Morning then in Indulge. This rescue, the famous tower owes it to an engineer: Eugène Ducretet, who managed in 1898 to emit a sound signal from its summit. His invention interests the army. And will give birth to Radio Tour Eiffel, whose first radio program will be broadcast on December 24, 1921.

Excerpts from legendary shows

Radio was born. It enters homes and accompanies the evolution of manners. From the first announcer on Radiola to mobile “pushs”, via Radio Londres and the legendary RTL programs (“Le Schmilblick”, “Reine d’un jour”, “Allô Ménie”, “Les Routiers sont sympas”, “La Suitcase “…), this tasty, addictively listening chronicle brings the great hours of the airwaves back to life. On Thursday August 5, she returns to the Unexpected Journal imagined in 1966 when Radio Luxembourg became RTL and had to innovate in the face of the bubbling Europe 1 and its yéyés. “Stars” (Arletty, George Bush, Salvador Dali, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir …) become editors for a day, sparking their share of unforeseen events like Jean-Luc Godard who decides to sound his newspaper himself …

“We did not want to follow a chronological order, but to start from the discoveries made in our archives”, explains Laurent Marsick, who carried out this titanic work with the archivist Claude Szigeti. Among their nuggets, the plays of the Omo Theater performed live by great actors (Fernandel, Roger Carel…), the podiums ofWe sing in my neighborhood (become Ploum Ploum tralala), the summer of 1984 when Johnny Hallyday hosted “Sunday Rock” and his unforgettable duets.


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