“National Radio Day” …. August 20, 2014!!


~~August 20, 2014~~

Radio is the radiation (wireless transmission) of electromagnetic signals through the atmosphere or free space.

Information, such as sound, is carried by systematically changing (modulating) some property of the radiated waves, such as their amplitude, frequency, phase, or pulse width. When radio waves strike an electrical conductor, the oscillating fields induce an alternating current in the conductor. The information in the waves can be extracted and transformed back into its original form.

~~National Radio Day~~


National Radio Day celebrates a great invention and communications medium.

The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. A number of inventors played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality.

This included both transmission and reception methods and technology. The radio somewhat evolved from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention.


August 20th of every year is designated to celebrating the invention of the radio and its importance to mass communication. While not a nationally sanctioned day this industry promoted holiday was created to bring attention to local radio stations and personalities.

In 1892 Nikola Tesla’s experiments successfully with transmission of radio frequency energy and proposes its use for telecommunication. Then in 1895 Guglielmo Marconi built a wireless system that transmitted long distance signals. One hundred years later in 1996, the birth of the first Internet radio station. 


Celebrating National Radio Day is easy listening. Simply tune into your favorite radio stations. You could also give your local radio personalities a little recognition.


The Origin of National Radio Day: We found some evidence on blogs and radio station websites suggesting that this is a more recently established holiday, dating only to the 1990s. Radio station personnel, in a number of radio stations, began talking about creating their own holiday. After all, they frequently promoted bizarre and unique holidays of all kinds. From these conversations, this special day took on life.


Research did not find a identify an individual or group having created this day.

Didn’t find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. There are no congressional records or presidential proclamation.

Still we celebrate!!







NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.

NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming. Individual public radio stations are not required to broadcast all NPR programs that are produced. Most public radio stations broadcast a mixture of NPR programs, content from rival providers American Public Media, Public Radio International and Public Radio Exchange, and locally produced programs. NPR’s flagships are two drive timenews broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and are two of the most popular radio programs in the country.

NPR manages the Public Radio Satellite System, which distributes NPR programs and other programming from independent producers and networks such as American Public Media and Public Radio International. Its content is also available on-demand via the web, mobile, and podcasts.




~~Celebrating National Radio Day~~

~~Published on Oct 10, 2013~~

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that they will be licensing thousands of new low power radio stations, called “LPFMs” to nonprofit organizations across the country. These nonprofits had to apply for their radio station license during a Oct. 15-29, 2013 application window, or their opportunity in the nation’s largest cities would be gone forever.

Brown Paper Tickets’ Doer Program created and implemented a National Make Radio Challenge to inform nonprofits about their opportunity to apply for a radio frequency.



~~Donna Summer – On The Radio~~


We ALL are ONE!!

“Look Up” from Social Media …. What could we miss?

~~May 29, 2014~~ 

Social media is the social interaction among people in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networksAndreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.” Furthermore, social media depend on mobile and web-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content. They introduce substantial and pervasive changes to communication between organizations, communities, and individuals.

Social media differ from traditional or industrial media in many ways, including quality, reach, frequency, usability, immediacy, and permanence. There are many effects that stem from internet usage. According to Nielsen, internet users continue to spend more time with social media sites than any other type of site. At the same time, the total time spent on social media in the U.S. across PC and mobile devices increased by 37 percent to 121 billion minutes in July 2012 compared to 88 billion minutes in July 2011. For content contributors, the benefits of participating in social media have gone beyond simply social sharing to building reputation and bringing in career opportunities and monetary income, as discussed in Tang, Gu, and Whinston (2012).


False Sense of Connection


Decreased Productivity

Loss of Privacy

~~Look Up~~

~~Published on Apr 25, 2014~~

‘Look Up’ – A spoken word film for an online generation.

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.