August 20

Thank you all for joining us on this lovely August 20 broadcast, where we bring you a special celebration for one of the most joyous forms of entertainment that has ever graced the hearts and souls of the human race.

Today is National Radio Day.

What Is National Radio Day?

National Radio Day is a day to celebrate the invention of the radio. Thanks to the radio, we’ve been able to hear music, news, talk shows, and much more, all around the world. Of course, the Internet plays an even bigger role in our lives these days, though the radio remains one of the largest forms of communication almost anywhere you go. 

A Sound History of National Radio Day

The radio dates back to 1895. It was invented by a man named Guglielmo Marconi who is said to have received the very first radio signal. By 1927, the FRC (Federal Radio Commission) was created (later changed to the FCC) to help regulate interstate radio communications. 

How To Celebrate National Radio Day

The best way to celebrate National Radio Day is to donate to your local public-owned radio station. The only way that these radio stations continue to thrive is by donations. Show them you care and become a part of the community!

Video Never Killed the Radio Star 

Before radio, we could only communicate long-distance by writing letters. Its inception completely changed our lives. As of now, we can see that it has paved the way for modern technologies, though it still remains one of humanity’s most crucial forms of communication. Happy National Radio Day. 

“In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence.”

– Ira Glass