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October 26, 2020

1920 to 2020: RIDC Keystone Commons is the Birthplace of Commercial Broadcasting

The broadcast industry’s 100th birthday is just around the corner. And RIDC Keystone Commons, formerly a Westinghouse complex, is the original site of the 1920 radio shack that made that inaugural commercial radio broadcast to Americans, announcing the results of the Harding-Cox election on Nov. 2nd. This was all at a time when, like today, the nation was recovering from a pandemic and experiencing social activism.

A short video about that monumental event with Larry Richert, KDKA Radio Morning News Host.

Radio 1920: The Big Bang of Electronic was produced by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation.