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Tri-State Area Celebrates National Radio Day

1010 WINS' Gene Michaels Asks What Radio Means To People
(Al ‘Hughes’ Dukes Photography)

(Al ‘Hughes’ Dukes Photography)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — From Orson Welles to Alan Freed, and from Howard Stern to Ira Glass, radio has brought a throng of voices who came to be household names into American living rooms for over a century.

In observance of National Radio Day – which was Tuesday — 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels set out Tuesday to find out what radio means to people.

Amy, who was out shopping in Melville, loves news radio. But she sometimes flips to the FM dial.

“For music radio, I like that it kind of keeps me up to date on what people are listening to,” she said.

As a youngster, Amy loved contests on the radio.

“I remember winning something on the radio when I was little. I won an Edie Brickell and New Bohemians tape. It was a tape,” she said.

The first wireless radio wave transmission was sent by Guglielmo Marconi in 1895, the Delaware County News Network recalled. By 1910, a broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House could be heard from a ship 20 km away, the publication reported.

National Radio Day itself dates only to the 1990s, when staffers at multiple stations started talking about their own holiday, according to a published report.

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