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Radio Broadcasting – A reliable form of communication

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In recent years, radio broadcasting has faced competition from other forms of media, such as streaming services, television, and the Internet. However, radio broadcasting remains a popular way to get news and entertainment, and it will likely continue to be a popular medium for many years. Government Book Talk features our best-selling radio spectrum poster for radio broadcasting enthusiasts.

United States Frequency Allocations: The Radio Spectrum Poster uses color codes to show parts of the radio spectrum allocated to each type of radio service, including amateur (ham) radio, commercial radio, television broadcasting, radio navigation, mobile, satellite, and more.

Also available is the Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Managementspecifically designed to cover the regulation of non-government interstate and foreign telecommunications.

Here are some additional facts about radio broadcasting:

  • The first radio broadcast was made in 1906 by Reginald Fessenden.
  • The most popular radio station in the world is BBC Radio 1.
  • The first commercial radio station was KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which began broadcasting in 1920.
  • Satellite radio was launched in the United States in 1995.

Whether an enthusiast or not, we can all appreciate listening to radio broadcasting because it can reach a broad audience without requiring a high-speed internet connection.

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