Since the very beginning of radio, the educational possibilities of wireless communications were recognized if never fully realized. For many years radio education was limited to exposing the listening public to quality music. Radio teaching became more systematic in 1929 when the first School of the Air began at the Ohio State University. Schools of the Air provided lectures, lessons or stories directly to school aged children sitting in specially equipped rooms in schools. Through experimentation and expansion, schools of the air became quite popular and by 1939, CBS's American School of the Air, was heard nationwide in over 100,000 classrooms by an estimated 3,000,000 children every day. As the new technology proved itself, the application of radio found its way into the training of teachers at the Oshkosh State Teachers College. Still, as with all new teaching technologies, learned practitioners were quick to recognize the limitations of radio in the classroom. On March 20, 1939, education instructor Gertrude Metze detailed the pros and the cons of radio instruction in this address entitled "Radio in a Modern School Program."

Dr. Anthony Palmeri chairs the Department of Communications at UW Oshkosh.