National Radio Day

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National Radio Day is observed annually on August 20 .

The History of Radio

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On November 20, 1920, radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh made the first commercial radio broadcast in the world. Since then, radio has evolved into a mighty medium.

Radio's Impact on Culture

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From fireside chats to war broadcasts, radio has been a catalyst for cultural and societal change. Its reach and accessibility made it hugely impactful.

The Golden Age of Radio

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Radio saw its peak popularity during the 1930s and 40s with comedy shows, soaps, and suspense programs captivating listeners.

DJs and Music Radio

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The shift to Top 40 and rise of legendary DJs made music radio hugely popular in the 50s and 60s.

Talk and Public Radio

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Talk radio became a force in the 70s. NPR brought high-quality public radio into the mainstream.

Going Global via Satellite

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Satellite technology in the 90s allowed radio to be heard worldwide. It exported cultures and connected people.

Streaming and Podcasts

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Modern streaming and on-demand podcasts have made radio more personalized.

Radio Fans Keep Analog Alive

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For enthusiasts, analog radio remains a nostalgic passion kept alive via restoration and collecting.

The Enduring Power of Radio

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Despite new tech, radio continues to evolve and thrive nearly a century since its creation.