WASHINGTON, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Tuesday, April 19th. The first all-news radio format in the U.S. debuted on this date in 1965, as WINS-AM in New York City switched from rock and roll to rip and read. Almost 20 years earlier, the station had notched another first by broadcasting every New York Yankees game live, both home and away. The station shut off the music — its last record was the Shangri-Las' "Out in the Streets" — and became "all news, all the time." The format has been successfully replicated in cities around the country, with some 45 stations currently devoted to all-news. Hundreds more are found in the news-talk format. Today in the U.S., there are about 15,500 radio stations, employing over 94,000 people, with annual industry revenues of around $18 billion. Profile America is completing its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 6303
Station history/accessed 1/26/2016: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2008/11/04/wins-history-the-early-years-from-the-airwaves-of-new-york-2/
All news stations/accessed 1/26/2016: http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?format=nws&s=R&sr=Y
News-talk/accessed 1/26/2016: http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?format=nst&s=R&sr=Y
Number of stations/accessed 1/26/2016: https://www.fcc.gov/document/broadcast-station-totals-december-31-2015
Radio employment/NAICS 51511: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Radio revenues/NAICS 51511: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion 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 "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau