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Tri-State Area Celebrates National Radio Day

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- From Orson Welles to Alan Freed, and from Howard Stern to Ira Glass, radio has brought a throng of voices who came to be household names into American living rooms for over a century.

In observance of National Radio Day – which was Tuesday -- 1010 WINS' Gene Michaels set out Tuesday to find out what radio means to people.

Tri-State Area Celebrates National Radio Day

Amy, who was out shopping in Melville, loves news radio. But she sometimes flips to the FM dial.

"For music radio, I like that it kind of keeps me up to date on what people are listening to," she said.

As a youngster, Amy loved contests on the radio.

"I remember winning something on the radio when I was little. I won an Edie Brickell and New Bohemians tape. It was a tape," she said.

The first wireless radio wave transmission was sent by Guglielmo Marconi in 1895, the Delaware County News Network recalled. By 1910, a broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House could be heard from a ship 20 km away, the publication reported.

National Radio Day itself dates only to the 1990s, when staffers at multiple stations started talking about their own holiday, according to a published report.

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