WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, 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. 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 46 stations currently devoted to all-news. Hundreds more are found in the news-talk format. Today in the U.S., there are over 15,500 radio stations, employing more than 94,000 people, with annual industry revenues of around $18 billion. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
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Station history/accessed 1/27/2017: newyork.cbslocal.com/2008/11/04/wins-history-the-early-years-from-the-airwaves-of-new-york-2/
All news stations/accessed 1/27/2017: radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?format=nws&s=R&sr=Y
News-talk/accessed 1/26/2017: radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder?format=nst&s=R&sr=Y
Number of stations/accessed 1/26/2017: transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0105/DOC-342889A1.pdf
Radio employment/County Business Patterns/NAICS 51511: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~51511
Radio revenues/Economic Census/NAICS 51511: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/00A1//naics~51511
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by 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).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau