It’s World Radio Day!

The United Nations made it an official holiday in 2012.  This year’s theme is celebrating over a century of radio helping to inform, entertain, and educate.

All jokes aside, radio really did change the world and still reaches over 80% of Americans every single week. 

Here are a few more stats and facts to help celebrate . . .

1.  The first commercial radio broadcast was over 100 years ago on November 2nd, 1920.  Now there are over 15,000 radio stations in the U.S. alone.

2.  A poll a few years ago ranked the radio as the 11th most important invention of all time.  The top three vote-getters were electricity, phones, and vaccines.

3.  The Model T came out in 1908, but cars didn’t get radios  until the 1930s.  The first ones cost around $130, which is like $2,300 in today’s money.  

4.  The call letters for stations in the U.S. have to start with either a “K” or a “W”.  It’s a military thing from the 1910s.  In general, stations west of the Mississippi start with a “K”.  Most stations in Canada start with a “C”.

5.  One in five people say listening to the radio is a top “little thing” they look forward to.  Hearing your favorite song played ranked fifth on a list of nice things that can happen on any given day.  (#1 was finding cash.  Hard to compete with that.)

6.  Around a third of dog owners have used the radio to keep their dog company when they were gone.