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RADIO IS EXPERIENCING ITS MOST CHALLENGING PERIOD

When considering the future, it’s important to start with the past. So let’s begin by realizing that radio is not turning 100 this year. KDKA didn’t broadcast election returns on November 2, 1920. Its predecessor, 8ZZ, did. The recording of the “KDKA” broadcast is a re-creation. The myth that KDKA was the first radio station was invented by the Westinghouse publicity department years later.

8ZZ was one of many stations organized by the Amateur Radio Relay League to broadcast the returns of 1920, relaying results across the country to each other and the public. The predecessor to WGR/ Buffalo, as well as WMH/Cincinnati (later acquired by WLW) and WWJ were among the many stations airing results that day along with 8ZZ.

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