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National Radio Day

National Radio Day celebrates radio, particularly public, community radio. It focuses on strengthening the radio ecosystem and highlights all radio, but particularly local stations. It acknowledges "how public radio stations, low-power FM outlets and community radio organizations have come to serve a vital purpose." Listeners tune in and donate to their favorite radio stations, and give recognition to their favorite stations and radio personalities. Radio stations take part by holding on-air and in-person events.

National Radio Day began sometime in the 1990s, or at least by 2001. It was reenergized in 2015 after Sabrina Roach of Brown Paper Tickets partnered with non-commercial radio stations across the United States, in an effort to raise the visibility of these non-commercial stations. The wireless telegraph contributed to the invention of the radio, and it was on today's date in 1911 that the first telegram was sent around the world by a commercial service. This may be one reason why National Radio Day is held today. Today also is the anniversary of the date in 1920 of the first broadcast of 8MK (now WWJ) in Detroit, one of the country's oldest radio stations. This may be another reason why National Radio Day takes place today.

How to Observe National Radio Day

Some ways to participate include:

  • Listen to and give a shout-out to your favorite radio station or non-commercial radio station. Use the hashtag #NationalRadioDay when posting on social media.
  • Donate to your favorite non-commercial radio station.
  • Turn the dial all day and listen to many radio stations.
  • See if any National Radio Day events are being held near you.
  • Have a radio listening party with friends.
  • Explore the day's official website.
  • If you an affiliated with a radio station, you could organize special programming for the day, work together with other local stations and organizations, throw a party, host a contest on-air or through social media, and endeavor to get your audience to make testimonials about your station. You could also post a selfie, tag your station, include what your role there is, and include the hashtag #NationalRadioDay.
  • Follow the day's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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