During Hurricane Sandy, radio broadcasters up and down the East Coast delivered wall-to-wall coverage of the storm, providing a lifeline to communities. Then-FEMA Administratior Craig Fugate urged the up to 50 million people living in areas potentially impacted by the storm to stay informed by tuning into local broadcasting, and radio in particular.
"Probably one of the things you don't really think about anymore is having a battery powered radio or a hand-cranked radio to get news from your local broadcasters…Cellphones may be congested. Radio is oftentimes the way to get those important messages about what's going on in the local community," Fugate said.
November 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. To celebrate this special anniversary, we’re shining a spotlight on 100 key moments in radio's history.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating your favorite radio memories throughout 2020. Use the hashtag #Radio100 across social media to share these moments with the world. Here’s to 100 wonderful years of radio, and to at least 100 more!