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NBC Debuts on Radio (November 15, 1926)
November 15, 1926

Moment 40: NBC Debuts on Radio

David Sarnoff made radio a household utility and played a leading role in establishing network radio with the formation of the National Broadcasting Company in 1926. With the creation of the Radio Corporation of America, he became a dominant force in electronic communications for more than 50 years. On November 15, 1926, NBC made its debut over 19 stations extending from the East Coast to Kansas City, Missouri.

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!

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