WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America —Tuesday, September 1st. "News is coming up next." Such words are familiar to many of us, as Americans catch up on what's happening around the world by listening to radio newscasts at home, at work, on their computers and in the car. One of the first daily news programs on the young medium launched on this date in 1922. It was called "The Radio Digest," and was hosted by George Thompson over WBAY in New York City. At the time, there were just 30 radio stations in the entire U.S., and only 60,000 homes had receivers. Now, radio is part of the everyday routine of most Americans. Across the nation, there are well over 15,000 stations, and the average home has about eight radios. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 5705
The Radio Digest: http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/sep01.htm
1922 stations and receivers: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
U.S. stations: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0708/DOC-334266A1.pdf
Radios in homes: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s1132.pdf
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).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau