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    August 20 is National Radio Day! It’s a day to celebrate the rich sounds and stories that enter our lives by way of the radio.

     

    Here in Philadelphia, there are plenty of incredible radio stations and audio resources, both national and local, college, commercial and community-based that keep us Philadelphians informed, engaged and entertained.

     

    While we can now listen to the radio online, through our phones and computers, in our cars and even thousands of feet up in the air, that wasn’t always the case. Radio has evolved so much throughout the centuries leading us to where we are now. The technology that allows radio to exist and transmit wireless communication was first discovered in the late 1800’s. This method of communication was originally used to transmit signals in the military and it continued to expand and evolve into what would become telephonic and telegraphic transmitters (the telephone and telegraph), as well as radio as we know it. Before television, the radio was the primary device to receive news, listen to soap operas and be entertained through music, interviews and more. The first official radio news program was broadcast on August 31, 1920 out of Detroit, Michigan and it was only the beginning.

     

    If you are a lover and listener of radio, check out the following organizations and stations that are producing radio content in the Philadelphia region:

    WHYY

    WHYY is the leading pubic media organization in the Philadelphia region, including Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond. As Philadelphia’s public television and radio station, they produce local and national content, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross and have dozens of events and workshops that are open to the public throughout the year. Tune in at 90.9 FM or online.

     

     

     

     

     

    PhillyCAM and WPPM

    PhillyCAM is Philadelphia’s community media station. Its radio station is WPPM, which stands for People Powered Media. The station broadcasts over 50 non-commercial educational radio programs that are produced by over 80 diverse volunteers. The station also offers opportunities for community members to get involved and learn how to make their own media. WPPM is a low power station, so it is transmitted to about a 2-mile radius. Listen at 106.5 FM or online.

     

    WPEB

    WPEB is West Philadelphia’s community radio station. The station is volunteer-run and is an outlet that serves and represents the diversity of West Philadelphia’s communities. The station is stewarded by Scribe Video Center and other organizations based in West Philadelphia. Scribe also offers lectures, workshops and other ways to get involved and learn how to make your own media. Tune in at 88.1 FM and 95.1 FM.

     

    WURD

    WURD is the only African-American owned and operated talk radio station in Pennsylvania and one of the few in the country. It has been around since 2003 and serves educational, uplifting and inspirational content to Philadelphia’s African-American community. WURD is active on-air, online and in the community. Tune in at 96.1 FM or 900 AM or listen online.

     

    WXPN

    WXPN is the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, folk and more. A service of the University of Pennsylvania, this non-commercial radio station is all about connecting independent artists to an audience. It broadcasts to the Philadelphia metro area as well as Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and Worton and Baltimore in Maryland and beyond. Listen at 88.5 FM in the greater Philadelphia area or online.

     

    What’s your favorite station to listen to? Let us know at TwitterFacebook and Instagram @Phillyfunguide and by using #NationalRadioDay.

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    Elizabeth Estrada is the digital communications coordinator at the Cultural Alliance. She is an avid podcast listener, coffee-drinker and as of recently, a bicyclist. She loves listening to WHYY and is a member of PhillyCAM. You can follow her @thatswhateesaid.

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