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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1: RADIO NEWSProfile America — Sunday, 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 started 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 more than 14,400 stations, and the average home has eight radios. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at
Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events, Those Were the Days Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796 Statistical Abstract of
the United States 2012, t. 1132
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).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau