What form the newspaper of the future would take, has always been a topic of speculation. In the 1930s, it was widely believed that the radio—the trendy technology of its day—would kill the print medium.
That concern manifested itself in a piece titled, “Radio to Print News Right in Your Home,” which appeared in the May, 1938, issue of Hugo Gernsback’s Short Wave and Television magazine. It described a method of delivering newspapers through radio waves.
These so-called “radio newspapers” would be printed overnight, at home, when everyone was asleep. The family would wake up to a freshly printed newspaper, without a paperboy ever having to get his hands stained with ink.