One of the many inventions that changed American lives is the television. As stated in the CED magazine of 1998 "As the 1950s unfolded, cable TV began to make news, albeit minor." This attracted much of the family to the television during newscast reports. The attraction of the family to the television made stronger family ties and better communication between the families. Television sets during this time were black and white. The first television system was called the CATV system, this used microwave relay systems to broadcast one the first television signals. This help to bring cable into the home of many American families. Later as television developed, the "split-band" amplifiers came out. This allowed for more than a three-channel system. In 1956 almost 72 percent of American homes had a set to watch popular shows such as "I Love Lucy" and "The Honey Mooners."(Chase, 122) This is one way that many families during this time period enjoyed there leisure time.
Another way that many American families enjoyed there leisure time was the radio. One of the first transistor radios was invented in 1954, and was called the TR-I. (Chase, 116) The radio was small enough to fit in ones pocket to carry around. By 1955, Tokyo invented its own transistor radio called "The Sony", and then many Japanese corporations started to mass produce this new way of entertainment.