Thursday, September 1 — One of the first daily news programs on the young medium of radio was launched on this date in 1922. It was called “The Radio Digest,” and was hosted by George Thompson over WBAY in New York City. At the time, there were just 30 radio stations in the entire U.S., and only 60,000 homes had receivers. Twenty-five years later, there were some 2,750, including nearly 960 in the new FM format. The number of homes with receivers swelled to 36-million. Now, there are around 15,500 radio stations, plus more than 1,500 low-power FM establishments. Industry research finds that on an average day, radio reaches 66 percent of Americans over 12 years old.
Author: Michael Benjamin
Michael Benjamin is a public affairs consultant and contributing columnist to the NY Post, City and State NY and other publications. He is a former Member of the New York State Assembly (2003-2010) and once led the Bronx Board of Elections. Since leaving office, he has appeared as a commentator on TWC NY1, Bronxnet OPEN, Good Day NY, and Al Jazeera America. His columns and blog focus on corruption, government, education, politics, redistricting, nuclear energy and race. Shortly after leaving office, Michael collaborated with the Rockefeller Institute on Government and City and State NY on an orientation program for new legislators. He holds a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University.