Host Diana Linn will be celebrating National Radio Day and welcomes Montreal native Genevieve Racette back to the KKFI studios. You’ll hear the best in Americana/Bluegrass/Country and Roots Music on this week’s edition of Siren Song!
On August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio. Several inventors participated in the invention of the radio in the late 1800s. Amazingly, not just one person can be credited with its beginning. Instead, each component developed through invention and discovery. As these technologies converged, the radio came to life. The 1920s brought the first broadcast stations to the forefront. Around the world, listeners tuned in for news and world events for the first time. Now we enjoy radio in the 2020’s and community radio gives a voice to those who are underserved or ignored by mainstream media. Other radio facts include:
- Radio ownership grew. In 1931, two out of five homes owned a radio. By 1938, four out of five owned a radio.
- According to FCC statistics, at the end of 2012, more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations were operating in the U.S.
- On October 1, 1999, the first satellite radio broadcast occurred. Worldspace aired the broadcast in Africa.