Friday, August 19, 2011


“On August 20, 1920, WWJ (then called 8MK) became the first news radio in the country. It was also the first radio station to broadcast religious sermons and sports.” See this article for details.

The news on radio enabled many Jewish immigrants to become aware of their world when they were often not literate – a force in assimilation that isn’t often remembered. My father talked about a seemingly well-educated friend of the older generation who was educated by radio but couldn’t read.

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