It Was 87 Years Ago Today
August 28, 2009 at 4:47 AM (PT)
The U.S. Census Bureau notes that TODAY marks a special day in broadcasting -- radio in particular -- as the words "This program is brought to you by..." were heard for the first time on this date 87 years ago, as the first commercial was broadcast on the new medium of radio.
WEAF/NEW YORK CITY carried that first ad -- not for soap or automobiles -- but for a group of apartment buildings in QUEENS. The cost was $100 for 10 minutes of programming.
At the time, there were just 30 stations in the whole country, and only 60,000 households had receivers. Now, there are 4,800 AM radio stations and 6,300 broadcasting in FM, with more than $19 billion is spent on radio advertising each year.
You can find these and more facts about AMERICA from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.