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National Radio Day Is August 20

Celebrate Radio, Arts on August 20

National Radio Day is a nationwide celebration of radio in all its forms. Radio Phoenix will be joining hundreds of other stations around the country to bring our all-volunteer internet radio station to a wider community. The special day aims to strengthen the radio ecosystem, highlighting all kinds of radio, but especially stations that focus on local service. It’s also an ideal time to initiate a common project for full-power and low-power FM (LPFM) stations as hundreds of new LPFMs are getting on the air made possible by the Local Community Radio Act.

Aug. 20 also is open house for the entire Phoenix Center for the Arts. Festivities will begin at 9am and continue until 12 noon, as we honor one of the most longstanding electronic media and its role in our everyday lives. 

Visitors to the station will have a chance to sit behind the microphone, and through our in-studio monitors, hear yourself on the air. Do an interview, talk about a song you like, tell a joke, or read a news item. If you want to try a live read, we will supply you with an announcement that we might air at a later date.

When you are not in the studio, you can spin the wheel of fortune, win valuable prizes, and take home a cd right from the vaults of our enormous collection of classical rock, R&B, local bands, and a lot more. Every hour there will be a drawing for a $25 gift to the Beverly and other fine restaurants around Phoenix.

Station volunteers will be available to give you a tour of the station, talk to you about volunteering and introduce you to the benefits of our Radio Phoenix membership program – which will be offered at a special discount just for National Radio Day.

Additionally, Radio Phoenix is looking to build up our vinyl library. As a non-profit, tax exempt educational organization, we will give you a generous tax deduction memo if you bring your vinyl records to the studio during this day.

Radio delivers information, news, entertainment and company to millions of Americans every hour of every day. So come on down to the Phoenix Center for the Arts, invite your friends to join you and take a tour of the Center's many facilities and programs. Refreshments will be provided.

National Radio Day has been celebrated since the early 1990s on August 20. Perhaps it was decided that date would be an appropriate day because 8MK (now WWJ) in Detroit, first broadcast on Aug. 20, 1920. According to Wikipedia, WWJ debuted as the “Detroit News Radiophone” and was “the outgrowth of interest in radio technology by the publishers of The Detroit News, combined with inventor Lee de Forest’s longtime promotion of radio broadcasting.” Regular annual recognition didn’t quite take off until 2011 when NPR brought renewed attention to the day.

Now, National Radio Day is organized by Sabrina Roach, a doer at Brown Paper Tickets, in partnership with non-commercial radio stations across the United States. In July 2015, Roach called a meeting of radio broadcasters, producers and enthusiasts to discuss initiating a project to raise the visibility of non-commercial radio across the country. That effort put fresh energy behind the celebration of National Radio Day.

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