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A Brief History of the Gizmode Radio Show, the Gizmode Data Bank, and how Strinz Creative helped create a medium.

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Back in 1982, I bought my first modem. It operated at 300 bps, which is so far below today's standards as to be comparable with writing in stone.

But from that first introduction, I knew where I could exercise my desire to do neat new stuff. Stuff that hadn't been done before. Like set up a home mortgage database service for real estate professionals in 1983 (The Financial Update Network). Or create the world's first online humor magazine -- what we call a blog today -- in 1984 (ZIP Beep).

One of the more enjoyable experiences was producing and hosting Gizmode, a radio program about "high tech and home electronics," 1986-1987. It was broadcast in the Twin Cities on 1130AM, and made available to other stations via KSAT satellite radio. I received mail from as far away as Washington state.

I have tapes of all but one program, but nothing on the net. Let me know if you want a copy of a Gizmode radio show, wherein you can learn all about how to upgrade your 286 computer simply by replacing it with a thing called a 386 motherboard.

Gizmode radio lasted almost a year, but the Gizmode Data Bank, which was a Bulletin Board Service devoted to Gizmode, lived on. It was the top online service in the upper midwest before the Internet became common, and well after. Gizmode helped usher in the Internet era with pre-Web services like cross-Atlantic chat through France Telecom in 1989, Internet email in 1990, and USENET subscriptions in 1993.

In the days when the Internet was forming, Gizmode maintained a high profile in the local media -- newspaper reprints and other publicity available upon request.

Click here to see an ad for Gizmode that ran in Computer User Magazine in 1989 (opens in new window).