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8MK Detroit Airs First Radio News Program (August 31, 1920)
August 31, 1920

Moment 55: 8MK Detroit Airs First Radio News Program

On August 31, 1920, the first news delivered by radio – the returns of a primary local, state and congressional election – was broadcast by 8MK in Detriot, Michigan. The successful broadcast was marked on September 1 with this announcement: "The sending of the election returns by The Detroit News’ radiophone Tuesday night was fraught with romance and must go down in the history of man’s conquest of the elements as a gigantic step in his progress."

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