In turbulent times, Americans have always turned to radio for news they can trust. In 100 years of radio, one of the most trusted voices was that of Edward R. Murrow.
A journalist and war correspondent, Murrow became a household name when he began sending dispatches from Europe in the midst of World War II, even broadcasting live during the Blitz. Murrow's reports were among the first live news updates ever broadcast over the radio, changing how Americans received their news forever.
After the war, Murrow returned to the air in 1947 as the anchor of a nightly newscast. He also narrated several documentaries and began to anchor television news shows as well. Murrow received many awards for his work throughout his career, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom and honorary knighthood.
Murrow's long and storied career made him indelible in the minds of Americans, who have never forgotten the steadiness of his voice or his signature sign off, "good night, and good luck."
As we celebrate radio's 100th anniversary, we remember the journalists and correspondents who delivered the most important news of the day to listeners, keeping them connected to their communities and greater world events.
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.
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!