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Radio Turns 100!

Radio Turns 100!

In 2020, radio is turning 100 years old! To celebrate this special anniversary, we’re kicking off a year of #Radio100 and putting the spotlight on the enduring value of radio.

In the coming year, we’re taking to social media to highlight big moments from radio’s past and to look ahead to the many innovations keeping radio an intrinsic part of the fabric of American life. From protecting the foundations of our Democratic ideals and delivering lifesaving information during emergencies, to playing the music, entertainment and sports that make us feel connected to our communities, listeners have always counted on radio to be there for them.

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!

Westwood One's 'First Light' Features a Radio Interview from Space

Radio can reach listeners all the way from space. Astronaut Christina Koch granted an exclusive radio interview while aboard the ISS, demonstrating the connecting power of radio.

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Meet the Woman Who Revolutionized African-American Radio


If you turned on the radio in 1975, you’d probably hear “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain and Tennille or Frankie Valli’s “My Eyes Adored You.” But not on WHUR during the late-night hours. That year, Cathy Hughes, the general manager of Howard University’s radio station, invented the “Quiet Storm” radio format — a late night show featuring a mix of rhythm and blues, soul and jazz, often hosted by a DJ with a soothing, baritone voice. The format quickly grew in popularity, becoming a mainstay on more than 480 stations across the country.

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Help Celebrate World Radio Day

Whether it's a cherished song that brings back memories or a championship sports game, radio has the ability to bring people together, even when they're miles apart. For 100 years, radio broadcasts have crossed towns, cities and countries to bring us the sense of kinship we'vee come to expect from stations invested in our communities.

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Radio’s Integral Role in Fostering Democracy

As we reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we remember the impact his words had on millions around the world. Broadcast stations across the country, covered Dr. King’s speeches, most notably, of course, “I Have A Dream,” delivered on August 28, 1963, at the March on Washington. Radio brought Dr. King’s call for racial justice straight to the living rooms of Americans, and the speech became an important turning point in the civil rights movement.

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How Broadcasters Serve Their Communities

More than 2.47 million American jobs depend on broadcasting, and the local broadcast radio and television industry - and the businesses that depend on it - generate $1.17 trillion annually for the nation's economy.

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