This page is dedicated to the radio and wireless schools in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Radio School was established in 1919 1 by Frank Sullivan after his return from the service 3. Mr Sullivan was a wireless operator for the Marconi Wireless Company back in 1910. 2, he also authored a column in “The Providence News” called Amateur Wireless from December 31st, 1921 4 until March 13th, 1922 5. On March 14th, 1922 6, the title of the column switched to “Radio Sparks”. That column ran until at least February 4th 1924 7. After that point the copies of “The Providence News” are not available for a long period of time. The next available issue of “The Providence News” was April 25th 1924 and the radio column in that issue did not list Mr Sullivan as the author.
Commercial Radio November 12, 1932(1919)
In the 1920 “New England Business Directory” the Providence Radio School was located in room 613 in a building at 511 Westminster St in Providence 9. A January 24th, 1922 ad 10 in “The Providence News” shows it had expanded to two rooms. In 1923 the directory listing for Frank Sullivan shows the school at 214 Butler Exchange 14. In 1954 the name changed to the Rhode Island Radio and Electronics School 11. It was eventually absorbed into the technology division of Johnson and Wales College in 1986. 13. Johnson and Wales is now a University.
On March 14th, 1961, the state department of the American Legion set up the J Frank Sullivan memorial Scholarship 12. This was a 2-year Scholarship to the Rhode Island Radio School. It was open to all male high school students in the State of Rhode Island. I did find reference to this scholarship being given to an individual that went into the Rhode Island School of Electronics (Formally the Rhode Island Radio School) in 1981 8. A January 24th, 1922 ad 10 in “The Providence News” shows it had expanded to two rooms.
New England Radio and Telegraph School was founded in 1919 by Robert E Davis. Davis was a early wireless enthusiast who eventually grouped into what is now a world wide ham organization. He doncucted the school untill the wide popularity of commercial radio diminished the early interest in home-assembled receiving sets. 15
Providence Radio Institute
Providence Journal July 25, 1921
Providence Journal August 1, 1921
Scientific School Of Invention
Acts and Resolves Passed
The General Assembly
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Popular Mechanics April, 1909
Popular Mechanics May, 1909
Electrician and Mechanic
February 5, 1924
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March 7, 1944
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1 New Englands Oldest School Closes, July 20, 1987
2 Veteran Wireless Oporators News, Broadcast Engineering October, 1936
3 Newport Mercury, June 1969
4 Providence News, December 31st, 1921
5 Providence News, March 13th, 1922
6 Providence News, March 15th, 1922
7 Providence News, February 4th, 1924
8 Newport Daily News Thursday March 13, 1980
9 1920 New England Business Directory
10 Providence News, January 24th, 1922
11 RISE Training
12 “The Daily News”, Newport Rhode Island, March 14th, 1961
13 Absorption of "Rhode Island School of Electronics"
14 1923 Providence Directory
15 1923 Providence Journal, January 16, 1954