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RCA (Wikipedia)
RCA Corporation
FateAcquired by GE in 1986, various divisions liquidated
RCA (owned by Technicolor)
RCA Records (owned by Sony Music Entertainment)
FoundedOctober 17, 1919; 99 years ago (1919-10-17) as Radio Corporation of America. Name changed to RCA Corporation on May 9, 1969.
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
Key people
Owen Young, David Sarnoff, first general manager
Vacuum tubes
Phonograph records
Electric Phonograph
RCA Photophone
CED Videodisc
TV Station equipment:
Studio cameras
Videotape machines
Film chains
TV transmitters
TV broadcast antennae
DivisionsRCA Records
RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video Edit this on Wikidata

The RCA Corporation was a major American electronics company, which was founded as the Radio Corporation of America in 1919. It was initially a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric (GE); however, in 1932, RCA became an independent company after GE was required to divest its ownership as part of the settlement of a government antitrust suit.

An innovative and progressive company, RCA was the dominant electronics and communications firm in the United States for over five decades. RCA was at the forefront of the mushrooming radio industry in the early 1920s, as a major manufacturer of radio receivers, and the exclusive manufacturer of the first superheterodyne models. RCA also created the first American radio network, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). The company was also a pioneer in the introduction and development of television, both black-and-white and especially, color. During this period, RCA was closely identified with the leadership of David Sarnoff. He was general manager at the company's founding, became president in 1930, and remained active, as chairman of the board, until the end of 1969.

RCA's seemingly impregnable stature began to weaken during the 1970s, as it attempted to expand into a diversified multinational conglomerate. The company suffered enormous financial losses in the mainframe computer industry and other failed projects such as the CED videodisc. In 1986, RCA was reacquired by General Electric, which over the next few years liquidated most of the corporation's assets. Today, RCA exists as a brand name only; the various RCA trademarks are currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment and Technicolor, which in turn license the brand name to several other companies including Voxx International, Curtis International, AVC Multimedia, TCL Corporation, and Express LUCK International, Ltd. for their various products.

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