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Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day celebrates the great invention of the radio.

The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. A number of inventors played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality. This included both transmission and reception methods and technology. The radio somewhat evolved from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention. It was in the 1920′s when the first broadcast stations began airing programs.  These first programs were those of news and world events.

Radio ownership grew from two out of five homes in 1931 to four out of five homes in 1938. According to FCC statistics, at the end of 2012, there were more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations in the U.S.

Celebrating National Radio Day is easy listening. Simply tune into your favorite radio stations. You could also give your local radio personalities a little recognition. Use #NationalRadioDay to post on social media.