Mel Sater and Joe Massitello

Innovators
Discovery: Magnetic Audio and Video Recording Tape
Early Pioneers of Everyday Science

Led by Mel Sater and Joe Massitello, a team of dedicated 3M researchers and scientists developed the world's first high quality magnetic recording tape more than 50 years ago. It proved to be an instant success when legendary crooner Bing Crosby used the tape to pre-record his broadcasts, solving the problem of national time zone changes. Five years later, RCA used Scotch magnetic tape to record television programs for the first time.

Led by Mel Sater and Joe Massitello, a team of dedicated 3M researchers and scientists developed the world's first high quality magnetic recording tape more than 50 years ago. It proved to be an instant success when legendary crooner Bing Crosby used the tape to pre-record his broadcasts, solving the problem of national time zone changes. Five years later, RCA used Scotch magnetic tape to record television programs for the first time.