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Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day – November 2, 2024

Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day, also known as National Traffic Directors Day or National Professional’s Day, is celebrated every year on November 2 to commemorate the first-ever radio broadcast in the U.S., which occurred on November 2, 1920. This day is celebrated to mark this landmark and acknowledge and appreciate the hard work of broadcasting professionals who work behind the scenes and provide us with their services. Broadcast traffic professionals work diligently on shows, announcements, news, commercials, and talk shows to keep us entertained and engaged, and this day is celebrated to honor their hard work.

History of Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden broadcasted the first known radio program in the U.S. from his experimental station at Brant Rock on Christmas Eve in 1906. The program consisted of two musical selections, the reading of a poem, and a short talk, which ship wireless operators heard within several hundred miles. After the conclusion of World War I, and the subsequent relaxation of radio restrictions, many operated experimental radio stations whose range was only a few miles.

The first commercial radio station was KDKA in Pittsburgh, which aired on the evening of November 2, 1920, with a broadcast of the returns of the Harding-Cox presidential election. KDK broadcast and the musical programs initiated after it was a significant success, motivating others to install similar stations. By the end of 1921, a total of eight stations were operating in the U.S.

The years 1921 and 1922 saw a rise in the sale of radio receiving sets and of component parts required for the home construction of sets which was followed by a large increase in the number of transmitting stations. By November 1, 1922, 564 broadcasting stations were licensed. In 1927, Congress passed the Radio Act and set up the agency, which is now called the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which allocates wavelengths to broadcasters.

Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day timeline

First Known Radio Program in the U.S.

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden broadcasts the first known radio program in the U.S. from his experimental station at Brant Rock on Christmas Eve in 1906.

The First Commercial Radio Station

The first commercial radio station is KDKA in Pittsburgh, which airs on the evening of November 2, 1920, with a broadcast of the returns of the Harding-Cox presidential election.

The Rise of Radio Stations

By November 1, 1922, 564 broadcasting stations are licensed.

The Radio Act Passes

In 1927, Congress passes the Radio Act and sets up the agency which allocates wavelengths to broadcasters.

Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day FAQs

Who was the first radio broadcaster?

Italian Guglielmo Marconi is credited with setting up the world’s first commercial radio service in 1898.

How does radio broadcasting work?

Radio relies on electromagnetic waves and it is through the process of transmitting and receiving these waves that it works.

When did television broadcasts start?

They started in the 1940s in North America and Europe.

Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day Activities

  1. Read up

    Read up about the contribution of the broadcasters. Broadcasting has a rich and diverse history, read up and make yourself aware that it has evolved till now.

  2. Spread awareness

    Spread awareness about the contribution of broadcast in progressing the world forward. Also, spread the message about broadcasting professionals who work hard to give us the best services.

  3. Appreciate broadcasters

    Appreciate broadcasting professionals for their tireless work. Send them a heartfelt thank you and show that they are appreciated.

5 Facts About Broadcasting

  1. Eiffel tower and public radio broadcast

    Lee de Forest, regarded as the ‘Father of Radio Broadcasting’, climbed the Eiffel tower and broadcasted a selection of music.

  2. Pirate radio still exists

    Pirate radio or Caroline FM is the biggest UK pirate station which never really became illegal because it operated outside any national jurisdiction in a boat.

  3. Broadcastingis still popular

    Radios are still popular, and 92% of American Millennials encounter radio in some form during the week.

  4. Legend DJ John Peel’s favorite song

    John Peel was a much-loved broadcaster who gave exposure to nascent genres like hardcore and hip hop, and he loved the song ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones.

  5. Many countries have public broadcasting

    Public broadcasting uses government money to broadcast television shows and radio programs, such as BBC in Britain, NHK in Japan, and the CBC in Canada.

Why We Love Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day

  1. The day appreciates broadcasters

    Broadcasters have been an integral part of our lives, and they work tirelessly to provide us with their services. This day is to acknowledge and appreciate their work.

  2. It celebrates the rich history of broadcasting

    Broadcasting has a rich history that evolved through time to be as it is now. This day celebrates the evolution of broadcasting and the comfort it has given us through the ages.

  3. It is a celebration of music

    Music is an integral part of broadcasting and is intricately intertwined with it. This day celebrates the music introduced to us through broadcasting services.

Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day dates

2024November 2Saturday
2025November 2Sunday
2026November 2Monday
2027November 2Tuesday
2028November 2Thursday

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