Public Radio Day
Public Radio Day is observed next on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 (83 days from today).
What is Public Radio?
When you hear the term 'public radio', you probably think of your local public radio station. Or you can think of state-run radio stations that are the norm in many countries around the world. Despite the growing popularity of television and the Internet, many people still rely on radio as a source of news and entertainment.
In the United States, public radio refers to non-commercial broadcasts funded through a combination of listeners and government support. Although public radio is funded in part through grants from federal and local governments, public radio stations and content producers in the United States operate independently of the influence of the United States.
History of Public Radio Day
Like many technological advances, including the Internet, wireless technology was mostly used for governmental, military, and academic purposes before being made widely available to the general public. As we know, radio started to develop in the early 1900s, and the first regular, non-commercial, non-governmental radio was made by a station at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. This station, 9XM (now known as WHA), began broadcasting in 1916. These broadcasts were not what we hear today; instead, they are essentially Morse code signals.
In 1917, NGO radio broadcasts of all kinds were halted due to the outbreak of World War I, and after the war ended, radio technology had evolved and changed enough to transmit voice and music. In the 1920s, most radio stations came out of colleges and universities. In the 1940s, the lower digital band in the FM band was reserved for educational and non-commercial purposes, arguably the beginning of the definition that set public radio apart from other types of radio.
In 1967, President Johnson published the Public Broadcasting Act which contributed for the founding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). CPB is a nonprofit organization funded by the federal government and its activities include public radio and television. The formation of CPB helped formalize the association between public radio stations, and this association eventually led to the creation of National Public Radio (NPR). NPR has grown since its founding in 1970 into a major media organization that produces and delivers informational and educational content across the country.
How to celebrate Public Radio Day
If you would like to know about public radio at present, you should think of NPR. The current structure of the public radio station is more complex than that of ordinary observers. National Public Radio is an organization that creates content for distribution to affiliates. Most places in the United States - from rural South Carolina to Seattle - have a local NPR branch. Affiliates decide what will be broadcast when. NPR itself does not necessarily have control over the content broadcast by local affiliates. Also, not all public radio stations are NPR member stations.
In addition to NPR, you can refer some other content providers for public radio in the United States. One of the most popular public radio programs in the nation, This American Life, is not actually produced by NPR. Instead, it is produced by Public Radio International (PRI), which is also responsible for producing popular public radio programs such as The World. Your local branch may also choose to broadcast local programming, such as programs from a college or university, or programs from public radio stations in English-speaking countries.
There has been some controversy lately about government funding of public radio. While this funding is crucial to NPR and the success of other mass media, audience support is also important. If you love public radio and want to keep listening, you might want to consider contributing to your local station.
ObservedPublic Radio Day has been observed annually on May 3rd.
Monday, May 3rd, 2021
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
Friday, May 3rd, 2024
Saturday, May 3rd, 2025