Car audio gained its footing in the late 1920’s. This is when the first car radios hit the market. Although they are seen as a necessity today, the original car radio was met with a lot of resistance.
A large portion of the population feared that radios in cars would distract drivers and cause more automobile accidents. Some areas even went as far as to ban radios from use while driving (thank goodness that didn’t stick!) While commercial radios began selling in the late 1920’s, it wasn’t until the Galvin Manufacturing Company (now known as Motorola) released the first commercial popular in-car radio, the Motorola 5T71, that radios hit mainstream.
The car radio found a ton of success, especially with the emergence of the new brand, “Motorola.” As the market began demanding more and more radios, owners Paul Galvin and Elmer Wavering began traveling the country selling their new product and connecting drivers to another one of America’s pastimes- music