1935 : The First Penitentiary Offers Radio to Prisoners

October 9, 2021 all-day

On October 9, 1935, the Ionia Reformatory became the only prison in the world, at the time, to make radio service available to every inmate. Convict-laborers had run wires to each cell in the prison, and inmates who paid 25 cents a month for the privilege could plug headphone jacks into one of three outlets, each of which was connected to one of the three major broadcasting networks.


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Michigan History, September/October 2011

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