1930 | A PA system is designed and built to assist legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne at team practices:
"Seated in a specially constructed tower and speaking into a microphone, the noted mentor's caustic remarks will be carried to his team by means of amplifiers which will reach all parts of the practice field."
Rockne refers to the new system as his "electric voice," inspiring the company name! This PA is among the first - if not the first - custom made systems of its size, and marks the beginning of a new era in sound reinforcement.
Electro-Voice incorporates. From Kahn in 1953: "The first block in this new business was the poor quality and high prices of available microphones. Sensing an opportunity, we purchased a lathe and drill press and began making them at the rate of one a week..."