You know, you would think I would be on top of something like this. I had never heard of National Radio Day until this tweet came across my feed. So, I did a little digging (aka, Googling). I didn’t find much in the way of information about this day, but I did find a page at Holiday Insights that had this to say:
When : Always August 20th
National Radio Day celebrates a great invention and communications medium.
Oh! That’s, um, useful. The same page goes on to say:
The Origin of National Radio Day:
We found some evidence on blogs and radio station websites suggesting that this is a more recently established holiday, dating only to the 1990s. Radio station personnel, in a number of radio stations, began talking about creating their own holiday. After all, they frequently promoted bizarre and unique holidays of all kinds. From these conversations, this special day took on life.
Our research did not find a identify an individual or group having created this day.
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
So, this National Radio Day really isn’t official, it’s just something some folks decided would be a good idea.