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During Election Season, Broadcasters Seek to Educate and Inform

During Election Season, Broadcasters Seek to Educate and Inform

As bastions of the First Amendment, broadcasters understand the indispensable role they play in helping citizens exercise their right to vote. By providing the most trusted news on political issues and hosting debates with candidates, local radio and television stations have been helping their communities stay informed this election season.

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Radio100

In 2020, radio is turning 100 years old! To celebrate this special anniversary, we're highlighting the enduring value of radio.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating your favorite radio memories throughout 2020. Use the hashtag #Radio100 across social media to share these moments with the world. Here's to 100 wonderful years of radio, and to at least 100 more!

Top 100 Moments in Radio

November 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. To celebrate this special anniversary, we're shining a spotlight on 100 key moments in radio's history.

Moment #8: June 18, 1940
Winston Churchill Delivers 'This Was Their Finest Hour' Speech

Moment #1: November 2, 1920
KDKA Makes First Commercial Broadcast

Moment #2: October 27, 2020
FCC Authorizes AM Radio Stations to Voluntarily Adopt All-Digital Transmission

Moment #3: 1971
Bob Uecker Begins His Radio Career

Moment #4: May 11, 2020
Audi Announces Most of Their 2021 Vehicles in the U.S. and Canada Will be Equipped with Fully Hybrid Radio Experience

Moment #5: 1947
Groucho Marx Hosts 'You Bet Your Life'

Moment #6: January 1, 1997
Emergency Alert System (EAS) Launches

Moment #7: July 1, 1987
Debut of Country's First 24-hour All Sports Radio Station, WFAN

Moment #8: June 18, 1940
Winston Churchill Delivers 'This Was Their Finest Hour' Speech

Moment #9: October 25, 1954
First Transitor Radio Hits the Consumer Market

Moment #10: June 8, 1954
Elvis Presley Heard on the Radio for the First Time

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Help us celebrate Radio's rich history and bright future by utilizing the resources available in our #Radio100 digital toolkit for stations.

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Broadcasting By the Numbers


10,941

Full-Power Radio Stations

1,346

Full-Power TV Stations

2.47

Million Jobs Generated

$1.17

Trillion in Economic Activity