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ThunderPower Megaphones and Cheerleading Have a Great History

Megaphones and cheerleading have gone together for years. Both are used to energize crowds during sporting events.

When it comes to cheerleading, the ThunderPower Megaphone has been a visible tool on the sidelines of hundreds of sporting events for decades. Whether it’s a cheering for a football team, basketball team, or even roller derby, ThunderPower Bullhorns are the number one choice for majorettes across the country.

The megaphone is a portable handheld, cone-shaped device used to amplify the human voice in any direction and is most often used at events involving large audiences. There are two kinds of megaphones, acoustic and powered. The acoustic kind is shaped like a funnel where the voice can be projected from the wide end or “bell”. These days, most people use battery powered electric megaphone like the ThunderPower 250 because it is so much easier to use when wanting to project your voice for sporting events, rallies, or cheerleading events.

ThunderPower Megaphone Works Great for All Sporting and Cheerleading Events

The ThunderPower Megaphone is considered one of the most powerful and well-made bullhorns anywhere and is especially popular for cheerleading squads. Because ThunderPower bullhorns come in a variety of sizes and power options, they can be used at every playing field configuration, pool or waterway, and hardwood or concrete court. But what really makes ThunderPower megaphones so popular is that they are all constructed from industrial grade materials and designed for maximum comfort and ergonomic appeal. The hardware, attached parts, and the lightweight chassis allows the ThunderPower megaphone to pack plenty of power in a lightweight, easy-to-handle design. Most ThunderPower megaphones come with a combination of standard talk speaker mode and a built-in siren and whistle component for maximum attention getting ability.

The specific models of ThunderPower megaphones available include:

  • ThunderPower 120 – 15 Watts, and a 700 Yard Range for $49.00
  • ThunderPower 150 (Ultra compact) – 15 Watts and a 600 Yard Range for $59.00
  • ThunderPower 250 – 25 Watts and a 800 Yard Range for $79.00
  • ThunderPower 450 (Palm Mic) – 35 Watts and a 1200 Yard Range for $109.00
  • ThunderPower 1200 – 45 Watts and a 2000 Yard Range for $189.00

The History of the Megaphone and Cheerleading

The origin of the megaphone can be traced back to seventeenth century England when a religious scholar began exploring ways to amplify his voice. He found that by forming a funnel shaped cone, his voice could be both directed and amplified dramatically. Throughout the centuries, the megaphone continued to be leveraged by athletes, actors, and activists. However, it was in the 1880’s when the megaphone started playing a big part of cheerleading teams. Although women currently dominate the world of cheerleading, the original cheering concept was started by men. In 1884 Princeton University got the idea that crowd chanting at football games would boost school spirit so they came up with a catchy cheer. The University of Minnesota heard about the novel idea for arousing spirit, and so in 1898 the university cheer club created their own catchy cheer:

 “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-U-Mah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity! Minn-E-So-Tah!”

Inventor Henry C. Dalrymple developed and patented the first electric voice amplifier using a microphone.

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That same year, the University of Minnesota organized the first official cheerleading fraternity, and before long other colleges caught on making organized cheers yelled through a megaphone a common addition to many sporting events. By the 1920s women joined the sport of cheerleading, but the men’s voices were the ones that were projected through the megaphone.  

Obviously, the earlier, funnel-shaped megaphones were totally acoustic, absent of any electricity. However, by the nineteenth century Thomas Edison had invented the phonograph, and recognizing the potential, inventor Henry C. Dalrymple developed and patented the first electric voice amplifier using a microphone.

Today, the modern megaphone like ThunderPower bullhorns are used for the modern era of cheerleading, where it is less about eliciting audience participation, and more about entertaining spectators with flashy moves and dance routines. But regardless of how cheerleading advances and evolves, the ThunderPower Megaphone will always be home on the sidelines.

To find out more about ThunderPower megaphones, call one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives at 866-927-7955.

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How to Choose the Best Size Megaphone for Your Needs

ThunderPower’s line of heavy-duty bullhorn megaphones are good tools to have around in many situations. From outdoor playing fields to indoor classrooms or even as part of an emergency preparedness kit, there are many times when having a battery powered megaphone can be a real asset. The truth is that almost all outdoor settings with groups of people and background noises are an excellent place for megaphones. Of course, the question of knowing exactly what kind of megaphone to use during specific events is important and can be a little confusing.

From Compact to Military Strength

ThunderPower Megaphones are lighter and louder than most off-the-shelf brands of megaphones, and because we offer a full line of megaphones, our customers have a nice variety of options from which to choose when they want their voices to be heard.

For example, the ThunderPower 150 Megaphone has a super compact design and only weighs 2 lbs. with batteries. However, it still has 15 watts of power to be heard more than 600 yards away, making this the perfect megaphone for day care centers or guided outdoor tours.

On the total opposite end of the spectrum is the ThunderPower 1200 megaphone. This megaphone is so powerful and so loud that we often refer to it as the “earthquake maker” because it will rattle the streets and shake the windows! With a full 45-watt power supply, the ThunderPower 1200 can be heard from more than 2,000 yards away! This megaphone is a favorite for military personnel and peace officers who need to control large crowds.

There are different megaphone sizes for different purposes. Here is the ThunderPower 450 Megaphone being used by a military officer addressing his troops.

Where Would You Use a Bullhorn Megaphone?

Other popular occasions where less powerful ThunderPower Megaphones could be incorporated include school camping trips, scouting jamborees, group hikes, and beach picnics. These activities will usually include 10 – 50 people scattered over a wide area, making communication through battery powered megaphones a perfect solution to communicate with everyone no matter how far they’ve wandered.

When involving yourself in protest rallies, political gatherings, or even religious congregations, more powerful Thunderpower Megaphones would be the best strategy. Typically, these kinds of gatherings involve hundreds or thousands of people and lots of surrounding noise could present the right conditions where and amplified megaphone should be used. This of course depends on the number of attendees, and the expanse over which they will be dispersed. The more ground to be covered, the more power you need behind your voice.

Megaphones are Suitable for Use Anywhere

The truth is making yourself heard is important, and so anywhere you need to be heard is a good place to use a ThunderPower Megaphone.  but it is important that you make sure that you are not going to be breaking any laws with the words you say or how loud you get.

For more information on ThunderPower Megaphones contact us today at 866-927-7955. ThunderPower Megaphones are exclusively distributed by Discount Tw-Way Radio