Our History, Our Heritage

 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1919 and for over six decades endeavored to advance the Electronic industry technology to reach the apex of the technically possible at the time. In the relentless process of pursuing new vistas for its costumers RCA acquired the appellative: “RCA; The most Trusted Name in Electronics” and brought forth a number of firsts in innovation in South Jersey, that benefitted the company, the nation, the world and made life a little more amenable to live.

       While developing, designing and building all of the below products, RCA created a social agenda for its employees and its South Jersey hub that delivered significant advancements to the demographics and economic welfare of South Jersey.  RCA created the professional middle class in South Jersey which including thousands of engineers that worked at RCA South Jersey(the most engineers per square mile in the world!). 

        RCA extended, the spirit of family, shared at work by all employees, to the entire family of each employee by offering jobs to the employees' family members. This was perhaps a first occurrence in this industry.  This created a second income in the family with the wonderful result of affluence to allow for a better life, better support to all members of the family, and gave families a chance to send their children to college.

       After six decades, in June 1986 RCA was acquired by General Electric and quickly, its famous name went into oblivion. Nevertheless, the RCA Museum continues to revive the RCA name by emphasizing the importance RCA had on South Jersey's industrial imagination. 

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Chronology

1919

Wireless Communication

1920

Broadcasting

1939

Invented Television and demonstrated it at the World fair in New York in 1939

1940

RCA builds six XAF  radar based units denoted CXAM to assist in the World War II efforts. 

1946

Founded the first news network aka NBC.

1953

RCA's all electronic color TV technology was adopted as the standard for American color TV

April 25, 1967

NASA awards RCA a contract for Tiros M and three follow-on operational spacecraft with fabrication of Tiros M being completed in 1968.

1969

The first Aegis Combat System development contract is awarded to RCA's Missile and Surface Radar Division

July 1969

Designed and built the voice communication sub system for Apollo 11 Lunar Module, that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon on July 1969, telling the world, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". 

1975

RCA launches its first geostationary satellite, Satcom 1. Satcom 1  was instrumental in helping early cable TV channels become initially successful. 

August 9, 1974

NASA awards a contract to RCA for two more ITOS spacecraft and parts for a third to be used by NOAA. N

Dec 12, 1985

General Electric Company acquires RCA Corporation in a cash deal worth $6.3 billion dollars.