Happy National Radio Day

Posted on August 20, 2013


August 20th is National Radio Day. But as Brett Moss over at the Radio Wold Blog notes, “you probably didn’t know that.”

Well, it is. According to the website Holiday Insights, Radio Day is “a more recently established holiday” only dating back to the 1990s.

“Radio station personnel, in a number of radio stations, began talking about creating their own holiday,” the site says. “Our research did not find or identify an individual or group having created this day.”

Their research also couldn’t confirm this as a “National” day, nor could they find any congressional records or Presidential proclamations declaring this a holiday.

And maybe that’s the problem – lack of leadership.

August 20th would be a great day for community, College, Shortwave, low power FM stations and transmission artists to co-opt and use to celebrate their accomplishments.

Even though there is no putsch from national broadcasters to recognize or celebrate this day, at Radio Frequency International Report, it won’t go unnoticed.

To celebrate, check out this post from August 2011 which deconstructs the portable transistor radio.

Oh, and switch your radio on and tune in to something interesting today.