To celebrate this year’s National Radio Day, I thank then News Director, Chris Berry, for giving me the golden opportunity to become a traffic reporter (only a mere 4 years into my career) on the legendary Chicago radio station WBBM Newsradio 780 and broadcast from the Sears Skydeck: The 103rd floor of the Sears Tower (as it was called back then).

What a thrill it was to be on the air with Chicago radio icons, who I grew up listening to, like Dave Baum, David Roe and the late Walt Hamilton and Dale McCarren.

Even though I only spent a year there (as the sunny skies of Southern California were calling), it was a time I’ll never forget.

On the air with WBBM newscasters Walt Hamilton and Dale McCarren in 1990.

About National Radio Day

According to National Day Calendar: Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio. Celebrate the news, information, music, and stories carried across the airwaves. Several inventors had a part in the invention of the radio in the late 1800s. Amazingly, not just one person can be credited with its beginning. Instead, each component developed through invention and discovery. As these technologies converged, the radio came to life.

Several inventors had a part in the invention of the radio in the late 1800s. Amazingly, not just one person can be credited with its beginning. Instead, each component developed through invention and discovery. As these technologies converged, the radio came to life. In the paragraphs that follow, a noted international effort contributed to the conception of the radio. In Germany, Heinrich Hertz’s research proved electricity could be transmitted wirelessly. Elsewhere, the prolific inventor patented multiple inventions and provided the radio with the Tesla coil. Born in Croatia, Tesla also contributed many patents involving alternating current. Not only did Tesla make the radio possible, but he also advanced the science and production of numerous other inventions. However, when it comes to the first commercially available wireless, Italian, Guglielmo Marconi receives the honor.   

To celebrate National Radio Day, listen to your favorite radio station. Give special recognition to the station, radio personalities and the programs that make your days better. Use  #NationalRadioDay to post on social media. According to the site, they were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Radio Day. 

National Radio Day – On the Air at WBBM-AM
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