U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 22: Early Presidential Radio
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
EARLY PRESIDENTIAL RADIO
Profile America — Monday, February 22nd. The history of radio and the presidency seems to center entirely on Franklin Roosevelt's famous "fireside chats" beginning in 1933 in the depths of the Depression. But the first president to address the nation from the White House over the infant broadcast medium was, ironically, "Silent Cal." President Calvin Coolidge spoke to a coast-to-coast audience on this date in 1924 on the occasion of George Washington's birthday. His words were carried over a mere 42 stations. That year, there were 530 radio stations in the country, broadcasting to just 1.25 million households. Today, there are over 5,900 radio stations employing nearly 83,000 people. Nearly 100 percent of America's 117 million households have radios. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 6212
First broadcast/accessed 12/10/2015: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/jazz/jb_jazz_radio_1.html
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
Radio industry/ NAICS 515112: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Radio penetration/accessed 12/10/2015: https://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch1en/conc1en/telecomdiffusionUS.html
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-census-bureau-daily-feature-for-february-22-early-presidential-radio-300218170.html
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau