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Digital Audio Broadcasting Arrives(1990)

Moment 23: Digital Audio Broadcasting Arrives

Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) is demonstrated at the National Association of Broadcasters’ 1990 convention, NAB Show, in Atlanta, Ga., as the first digital radio broadcasting system for terrestrial or satellite use. While DAB eventually became a popular format in Europe, a later technology -- ultimately known as HD Radio -- was selected for terrestrial digital radio broadcasting in the U.S. Digital radio provides crystal-clear sound and additional channels of music, talk and foreign-language programming for free.

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!

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