Public Radio Broadcasting Day is celebrated annually on January 13. Technology has made every development, and it even lets us endure in luxury. It is indeed vital to reminisce about the older ones, probably the first inventions as without which there wouldn’t be so many developments.
One among them is the radio, a century-old device that broadcasts the news and music. Unlike the tv and other smart devices, one has to tune and wait for the signals with the radio.
You can’t see or read, but this instrument has so many interesting things. Public Radio Broadcasting Day is celebrated to honor, celebrate and appreciate this technology and the works of those who made the first public radio broadcasting.
History of Public Radio Broadcasting Day:
The history and origin of the Public Radio Broadcasting Day are unknown. The founder and the year since this Day have been celebrated are also not known. However, this Day was created to celebrate the world’s first public radio broadcast held in New York City on January 13, 1910.
Lee de Forest was credited for transmitting the world’s first public broadcast. He had proved and shown that wireless telephony could even send sounds other than Morse code.
The first broadcast featured the voices of Enrico Caruso and some other Metropolitan Opera stars who made a live Metropolitan Opera House performance.
The first wireless radio broadcast consisted of the performances of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Riccardo Martin performed as Turridu, Enrico Caruso as Canio, and Emmy Destinn as Santuzza and the conductor was Egisto Tango.
The event is considered the birth of public radio broadcasting. The members of the public along with the press have used earphones to listen to the broadcast in several locations throughout the city.
How to Celebrate Public Radio Broadcasting Day:
It is the best day to honor the work of those people who are responsible for making the first radio broadcasting. Take this Day as the best opportunity to spend some time listening to the radio broadcast. Listen to various stations available by tuning the radio. You can even showcase the initial model radio if you have one to others.
Fun facts about Radio Broadcasting:
The first radio DJ: In 1908, while on his honeymoon, American inventor Lee de Forest climbed the Eiffel Tower to broadcast a selection of music to the Parisian suburbs.
The most consistent medium: According to Pew Research’s 2017 report, radio has a consistent audience reach 90% for the past nine years as opposed to other mediums like newspapers and television (cable and network), which saw slight declines.
A two-in-one radio broadcast: In the 1980s, people were able to download video games from radio broadcasts; they simply recorded sounds on a cassette tape, then played it on their computers.
Robin Williams a radio personality: Most radio broadcasts in “Good Morning Vietnam” were improvised by the actor himself.
Radio saved the Eiffel Tower: This iconic French landmark would have become scrap metal 20 years after its creation if not for its use as a radio tower during World War II; it would intercept critical military transmissions.