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First Live Radio Broadcast of a Football Game (October 8, 1921)
October 8, 1921

Moment 65: First Live Radio Broadcast of a Football Game

October 8, 1921 marked a significant day in the field of football. On this day, the first live sports radio broadcast of a football game aired on KDKA in Pittsburgh, Penn. The game was played at Forbes Field was between West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh. KDKA was the nation’s first commercial radio station and local brands sponsored the game. Radio helped turn college football into a national obsession.

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