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Ensuring Local Communities are #VoteReady

Ensuring Local Communities are #VoteReady

As voter registration has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, broadcasters play a critical role in helping Americans understand the importance of participating in our democracy. Local radio and television stations' commitment to driving civic participation has a powerful impact on informing and motivating citizens to vote. And as bastions of the First Amendment, broadcasters are dedicated to keeping their communities informed about the issues that impact them.

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Radio100

In 2020, radio is turning 100 years old! To celebrate this special anniversary, we're highlighting the enduring value of radio.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating your favorite radio memories throughout 2020. Use the hashtag #Radio100 across social media to share these moments with the world. Here's to 100 wonderful years of radio, and to at least 100 more!

Top 100 Moments in Radio

November 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. To celebrate this special anniversary, we're shining a spotlight on 100 key moments in radio's history.

Moment #38: October 22, 1962
JFK's Address on Cuban Missile Crisis

Moment #39: September 25, 1789
Bill of Rights Passes Congress

Moment #40: November 15, 1926
NBC Debuts on Radio

Moment #41: June 10, 1924
The First Radio Program Broadcast from a Presidential Convention

Moment #42: September 22, 2020
It's National Voter Registration Day!

Moment #43: August 10, 1935
One of the First Traffic Condition Reports from the Skies

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Help us celebrate Radio's rich history and bright future by utilizing the resources available in our #Radio100 digital toolkit for stations.

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Broadcasting By the Numbers


10,941

Full-Power Radio Stations

1,346

Full-Power TV Stations

2.47

Million Jobs Generated

$1.17

Trillion in Economic Activity