The History of the Radio

From 1970 to the Present Day


1950: By 1950 94% of homes in the U.S. owned a radio.

1960: By 1962, there where 87 FM radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.

1970: It was around this time that FM radios were in cars. A nationwide network allowed everyone driving to listen, even if they were crossing into Canada.

1971: The WCBN, one of the only radio stations to use a free-form radio program, is

now under construction.

1986: Europe uses a subcarrier signal of FM radio to transfer data from display screens, to the radios.

1990: In Canada the digital radio made its debut with the L-Band. The L-Band could be used instead of AM and FM radio, as it wouldn't interfere with mountains or tall structures.

1992: The L-Band is approved.

1993: The Radio Data System (RDA), is now used in the United States

1995: Now people could purchase receivers for digital radios. L-Band programs also begin in Canada.

2000: Get ready to cheer sports fans, Fox Sports Radio starts!

2010: AM and FM programs end on Canada, now there is only digital broadcasting.

Can you believe it.....?

  1. L-Band is most often called satellite radio
  2. Radio Frequency Units were named after Heinrich Rudolf Hertz
  3. AT&T developed the first radio network in the United States, and it was introduced by the RCA in 1826.