AM Radio

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AM radio has been around for a very long time. In fact, it began with the first official AM radio transmission which happened on the 24th of December, 1906. Reginald Fessenden is credited hitting the first radio waves with the help of a rotary-spark transmitter Did you know?

  • From its humble beginning, the radio has remained an efficient means of mass communication
  • In 1920 a news program was broadcast over the radio
  • It happened somewhere in Detroit, Michigan – a news station that CBS Network owned
  • The 1940s also came to be known as the Age of Golden Programming for radio shows
  • With radio broadcasting fans could hear their favorite sports game on the radio
  • There are now over 6000 AM stations with 40 millions Americans listening to sports, news, traffic, and more
  • The federal government uses AM radio as their best way to disperse emergency information to help keep us safe
  • FM cannot reach as far as AM can reach
  • AM stations depend on their advertisers
  • Most cars have AM radios
  • Motorola, became the first ever car radio in the 1930’s

Homeschoolers/Educators/Parents: sketch/color an illustration and label it. Theme: communicate. Listen to the audiobook story “Chicken Little” in Learning to Read: Fairy Tale Adventures. Write and say the word “communicate” five times so you can pronounce and spell it correctly. Put these words in alphabetical order: communicate, danger, sky, falling, story, listen. Use each word in a sentence. List three AM radio facts. Describe what Chicken Little told the other animals and how they reacted. Listen to your AM radio station and write down two things you heard. (Skills: identify, comprehend, apply, organize, creative, affective, analyze, synthesize.)


About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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