David Sarnoff

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David Sarnoff

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David Sarnoff

Date of Birth

Date of Birth: February 27, 1891
Date of Passing: December 12, 1971
Birthplace: Uzlyany, Belarus

David Sarnoff was an American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in various capacities from shortly after its founding in 1919 until his retirement in 1970.

He ruled over an ever-growing telecommunications and media empire that included both RCA and NBC, and became one of the largest companies in the world. Named a Reserve Brigadier General of the Signal Corps in 1945, Sarnoff thereafter was widely known as "The General."

David Sarnoff was an American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in various capacities from shortly after its founding in 1919 until his retirement in 1970.

He ruled over an ever-growing telecommunications and media empire that included both RCA and NBC, and became one of the largest companies in the world. Named a Reserve Brigadier General of the Signal Corps in 1945, Sarnoff thereafter was widely known as "The General."

Sarnoff is credited with Sarnoff's Law, which states that the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers.

David Sarnoff was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1984.

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Awards & Nominations

No Nominations | 1 Honor
Hall of Fame - 1984
  • Winner
  • David Sarnoff, as Honoree

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