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Listen Up! It’s National Radio Day

Listen Up! It’s National Radio Day

We’d like to invite you to join us and to tune in this National Radio Day.

Today is National Radio Day, a day that asks communities across the country to celebrate everything the radio has done for us throughout history.  Additionally, a major goal of National Radio Day is to strengthen the radio ecosystem and support smaller, local radio stations across the nation.  In the spirit of National Radio Day, let’s enjoy these interesting facts about the radio.

  • Guglielmo Marconi is largely considered the “father of the radio” because he claimed the first radio patent. However Nikola Tesla technically had the first basic radio design. Although Tesla tried to prove himself as the inventor of the radio, it was only in 1943 that he was finally given credit when Marconi’s patents were declared invalid.
  • The first radio broadcastings were done through the amplitude modulation (AM) radio waves. The antennas used to transmit this type of wavelength consumed as much as 50,000 watts of power.
  • Did you know that most radio commercials are only 15 seconds long? This is because research suggests that this is the most effective length of time to reach the largest audience possible.
  • KKDA out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is considered the first commercial radio station in the world. The station aired its first commercial in 1920.
  • The first frequency modulation (FM) radio made its appearance in 1939.
  • According to a UNESCO report, there are approximately 44,000 active radio stations around the globe.
  • The early iterations of radio are now called “terrestrial radio.” Subsequent innovation has offered what we now know as “podcasts” and “listen on demand” features that we can take with us on our computers, our cell phones, and in our cars.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we enjoy these fun facts in honor of National Radio Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program,

Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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