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Happy 100th Anniversary to Radio: Love Letters Celebrating History, Connection, and Community

03/11/2020

On Tuesday, November 2, 1920, KDKA of Pittsburg made the first commercial radio broadcast in the US. It happened to be election day, and when people heard the results of the Harding-Cox presidential race before they hit the newspapers, the rest, as they say, became history.

Today, KDKA-1020 is still on the air and the power of radio has never been more clear than during the current pandemic. But whether it's a national crisis or a local traffic snarl, a live-remote from a sporting event or a familiar voice providing late-night advice to the lovelorn, radio remains as relevant today as it was twenty, fifty, or even a hundred years ago.

Here at WideOrbit, we are united in our shared love of radio and our appreciation of its unwavering commitment to entertain, inform, connect, and support our communities. We are extremely proud of the small part we play in helping the stations we all love stay on the air, both through good times and during challenging circumstances. And we value the relationships we've forged with our radio customers over the years, many of whom we think of as both highly respected colleagues and friends.

We reached out to those customers, as well as to our own radio experts, the Executive team, and colleagues across the company, to ask for a favorite radio memory or a story about the impact radio has had on their lives. The response has been overwhelming and what we've ended up with is a collection of Love Letters to Radio, some heartwarming, some humorous, and some spine-chilling in their ability to evoke history-defining moments. A few are included below but we'll add more as they come in. The one thing that comes through loud and clear in all of them is a deep affection for the special place radio holds in our hearts and in our lives.

Do you have a Love Letter to Radio you'd like to share? We'd love to hear it tag us on social media and use the hashtag #WORadio100.
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