On this day in 1958, something pretty special took to the air. Quite literally, in fact: the first communications satellite, called SCORE (Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment), was launched. While orbiting, the satellite broadcast a Christmas message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower via short wave radio. It proved for the first time that such a thing was possible. The signal, however, was rather weak, so the initial broadcast was only picked up by the most sensitive of receivers.
We all like to think we’re pretty sensitive receivers, but sometimes our radios might not agree. Having trouble picking up the Paper Shop Live! signal where you are? No worries. The show podcast is posted to NEPA’S ESPN website within an hour or so, and it’s easy to catch it there. The podcast comes in pretty handy, too, if you’ve missed some details about the advertised items.