Edward S. Rogers, Sr.
:"For other uses, see:
Edward Rogers (disambiguation)".Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers ( June 21, 1900– May 6, 1939) is regarded as the founder of Rogers Communicationsalthough it was established in 1967. He died at the age of 38.
Ted Rogers first became interested in radio when he saw a receiver at age 11. By 1913 he was noted in local newspapers for his skill at operating a radio station, which at the time was an impressive technical accomplishment. Rogers worked as a radio officer on Great Lakes passenger ships during the summers of 1916-1919 inclusive. In 1921 Rogers operated the only Canadian (and only spark-gap) station to successfully compete in the first amateur trans-Atlantic radio competition. Rogers held the
amateur radio call sign3BP, and joined the Canadian chapter of the American Radio Relay Leaguein 1921.
In the early 1920s, radio receivers ran on large and expensive batteries to provide the high voltages needed for the
vacuum tubes used. Early attempts at producing a radio receiver to operate on household alternating currentwere unsuccessful, since tubes designed for the direct current supply from batteries were unsatisfactory when operated on 25- or 60-hertz alternating current.
In April 1924 Rogers travelled to the United States and saw experimental AC receiving tubes at the laboratories of Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. He purchased the patent rights to the experimental alternating current tubes of Frederick S. McCullogh. After further development Rogers produced a design of vacuum tube that would operate on alternating current. By 1925 Rogers had introduced not only a complete radio receiver using the new tubes, but had also produced a "
battery eliminator" ( power supply) that could be used with other manufacturers receivers to eliminate the expensive batteries. By August 1925 the Rogers Batteryless radio was in commercial sales, the first radio receiver in the world to operate from household current. At a time when a schoolteacher might earn $1000 per year, the top-of-the-line Rogers radio sold for $370. Rogers formed the company "Standard Radio Manufacturing" (later Rogers Vacuum Tube Company) to produce radio receivers using the new design of vacuum tubes.
In 1927, he founded
CFRB("Canada’s First Rogers Batteryless") radio station. The station is owned today by Astral Media.
In 1930, he married Velma Melissa Taylor. His son, Ted Rogers, Jr., built
Rogers Communicationsinto a media conglomerate.
Ted Rogers died suddenly in 1939 of an
aneurysm, complicated by ulcers, and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.
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