National Radio Day Celebrated


Radio-CakeThursday is National Radio Day.

Non-commercial stations in 30 cities are asking the public to take part.

National Radio Day has been celebrated since the early 1990s on Aug. 20, honoring the day the first news radio station, 8MK radio in Detroit (now WWJ- AM,) was licensed by the FCC and went on the air In 1920.

“I wanted to introduce an opportunity for public radio, community stations and nearly 2000 new low-power FM radio stations to work on a common project to engage their communities by celebrating radio,” says Sabrina Roach of Brown Paper Tickets, which is organizing the event.

Listeners and independent producers may record Sonic IDs and upload them through the event website. Like an audio postcard, Sonic IDs are described by their creator, Jay Allison of for Atlantic Public Media, as,  “short, surprisingly thoughtful moments designed for the modern attention span.”