Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Tyrades! Commercial Radio Turns 100: What Are Your Favorite Memories?

Series: Tyrades | Story 19

November 5, 2020

Did you realize that commercial radio got its start on November 2, 1920 when legendary KDKA (Pittsburgh) broadcast the results of the Harding-Cox presidential race?

Almost overnight, radio transitioned from domination by ham operators to an actual business with schedules, programming and sponsors.

Now the world has experienced an entire CENTURY peppered with FDR’s “Fireside Chats,” serialized “Captain Midnight” adventures, the original soap operas, traffic and weather reports, Top 40 countdowns, sportscasts (I still remember hearing Hank Aaron break Babe Ruth’s home run record),...

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