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First Scheduled Radio Broadcast

November 2, 2014

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Profile America — Sunday, November 2nd. Even with all of our electronic diversions, many of us listen to radio at some point every day. The wide variety of formats means we can choose our favorite type of music, and radio keeps us up to the minute on news and weather. The presidential election held 94 years ago this month saw the first scheduled, commercial radio broadcast. Station KDKA in Pittsburgh carried the results, in which Warren G. Harding defeated the ticket of James Cox and his vice-presidential nominee Franklin Roosevelt, whose famous radio days lay ahead. Just two years later, that first station was joined by 400 others as the popularity of radio swept the nation. Today, there are some 6,700 radio broadcast stations, employing over 100,000 people. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the America's Economy mobile app at www.census.gov/mobile.

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Election of 1920
First broadcast
Radio stations NAICS 51511


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: October 23, 2014