WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25: MONITORING BROADCASTING
Profile America — Friday, February 25th. With the impact of radio quickly growing, President Franklin Roosevelt this week in 1934 ordered the creation of a regulatory body, which became the Federal Communications Commission or FCC. Almost all electrical and electronic equipment emits radio frequencies and the FCC oversees use of the frequency spectrum, including garage door openers, home alarms and automatic toll collection devices. The agency's main thrust is, of course, broadcasting. When the FCC was founded, there were just under 600 radio stations in the country. Now, there more than 11,000 radio stations, over 1,700 television stations, and more than 6,000 cable television systems. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 145
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1131
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau