Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio.
In the late 19th century, it became clear that wireless communication was possible.
There were several inventors who had a part in the invention of the radio in the late 1800s and not just one person can be credited with its beginning. To make the radio a reality, it required a number of different inventions and discoveries including both transmission and reception methods as well as technology.
It was in the 1920s when the first broadcast stations began airing programs. These first programs were those of news and world events.
- Radio ownership grew from two out of five homes in 1931 to four out of five homes in 1938.
- According to FCC statistics, at the end of 2012, there were more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations in the U.S.
HOW TO OBSERVE
To celebrate National Radio Day, listen to your favorite radio station and give a special recognition to your local radio personalities. Use #NationalRadioDay to post on social media.