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Fun Facts About The Radio You Should Know


For the older generation, the radio provided many moments of entertainment and fun-filled episodes. From listening to commentary on cricket matches, learning about new recipes, hearing about your favourite film actor speak to the latest gossip – the radio was the ultimate source for all of these… and more!

And how about in today’s age and time? Well, in a world full of smartphones, tablets, laptops and varied gadgets, the radio is still alive and kicking strong! 

With regards to the radio, we all know about basic radio terms like FM, kW and all. However, what about the other unique and possibly, unheard facts about radio.

To begin, the use of the Eiffel tower as a radio station during World War I as a radio-transmitting spot helped turn the tide to its favour, at a time when people were calling for the destruction of it. Thanks to the radio, a wonder of the world is still standing tall!

Also, radio and music go together. Radio GMTO, the armed forces radio station at Guantanamo Bay has a vinyl collection of over 20,000 records. Yes, you heard it right!

This ClipBook compiles a list of such interesting facts about the humble radio everyone should know.


Who Invented The Radio?

Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, is regarded as the father of the radio. In 1895, he sent and received his first radio signal in Italy.

The Most-Played Radio Song In The Us During 2000s

'How you remind me' by the Canadian rock band Nickelback, was not only the most-played song of 2002 on US radio stations but it was also the most-played radio song in the US during the first decade of the 21st century with over 1.2 million plays.

How The Radio Saved The Eiffel Tower

Did you know the citizens once viewed the iconic structure as ugly and wanted it removed? However, of all the people and things, the humble radio came to the rescue. During World War I, the French army used it to intercept radio messages, and the ...

The Mysterious Russian Radio Signal

UVB-76 is one of modern radio's enduring mysteries. Since the 1970s, a buzzing noise has been broadcasting from an abandoned radio station in Russia. What is the broadcast about or who is broadcasting it, still remains a mystery.

Radio Gtmo At Guantanamo Bay Is A Music Paradise

Radio GTMO, which is the Armed Forces radio station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a music library full of gems. It has a vinyl collection of over 20,000 records, including some albums that exist nowhere else.

The First Trans-Atlantic Wireless Radio Message

January 18,1903 is a date that will forever be remembered in history. Why? On this date, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first trans-Atlantic wireless radio message from Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward of Great Britain.

The World's First Commercial Radio Station

KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania holds a unique distinction as the world's first commercial radio station.

Most Powerful Radio Station Ever

WLW will always be remembered as the most powerful station in the world. In 1934, when WLW increased its power from 50 kW to 500 kW, all other clear-channel stations were operating at 50 kW or less.

The First Time The Japanese People Heard The Emperor’S Voice

In a fascinating story, the first time the Japanese people heard the Emperor Hirohito’s voice on the radio was when he announced Japan's surrender in WWII.

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