Loren Jones

Electronic Television Engineer, RCA Lab

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents



About this interview

In his two-hour Archive intervew Loren Jones (1905-1999) discusses being one of the last surviving engineers who worked with Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff at RCA Laboratories on the invention and development of the electronic television. He talks about the technical aspects of television, and the outrageous experimentation that they conducted in order to broadcast a signal farther than the line of sight. He discusses helping the Soviet Union with their development of television in the 1930s, and well as his involvment with developing the "television bomb." Jones recounts the invention of, and the battles over color television. Jeff Kisseloff conducted the interview on April 18, 1997 at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ.

"I was in charge of installing television transmitters on top of the Empire State Building, which is a fascinating place in which to work. My office was on the eighty-fifth floor - that's the highest office in the world, but it didn't affect my salary at all. I was putting the antennae on the very tip top, which was nothing but a flat sheet of stainless steel when we first went up there, which you entered by means of a trap door. The trick was not to get blown off."

Loren Jones on early experimental television broadcasts in the 1930s, who could see them, and the programming
Loren Jones on going to work for RCA and working for David Sarnoff
Loren Jones on the early mechanical television system
Loren Jones on developing the "television bomb"
Loren Jones on going to the Soviet Union the help develop their television system
Loren Jones on the last time he flew an airplane

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