August 20 is National Radio Day, celebrating the incredible history of radio news and the art of telling stories through the air. The staff of The Biscuit is celebrating by wearing our “Public Radio Nerd” shirts today … but what are our hometown public radio professionals at WFAE doing to mark the occasion? Let’s ask them.
“On National Radio Day, it’s fun to recall turning on the microphone for the first time on WFAL, Falcon Radio at Bowling Green State University, back in the mid 90’s, for my first radio shift (2-6 a.m.), and how that began the path that led me to working at WFAE for the past 21 years with Charlotte Talks. It’s also interesting to reflect how much radio has changed in those 25 years!” – Wendy Herkey
“I plan to blast NPR with the windows down … (as I do most days, granted). Another option? Dance along to the Morning Edition theme, with inspiration from this radio reporter in Nevada.” – Nick de la Canal
“Now, that I know about National Radio Day….I hope to sneak in some of Queen’s ‘Radio Ga Ga’ into Morning Edition and listen back to an interview by the masterful and disarming Studs Terkel. There are lots of them here.” – Lisa Worf
“Skip the plane ticket: public radio lets you explore the world in one lifetime, right from the comfort of your home. I love taking ‘audio trips’ to different music scenes with Here & Now’s ‘DJ Sessions.’ (Bonus! I loved acting as a guide for their recent excursion to Charlotte.)” – Joni Deutsch
“On #NationalRadioDay, I’ll be making radio and reminiscing about how I once dreamed of doing this by making my own radio station with my brothers — WDPM ( for David-Peter-Michael) — on cassette tapes. Here’s hoping radio never goes away.” – David Boraks
“I’ve been a journalist for almost 40 years and a radio journalist for 2 1/2 weeks. I’m marking National Radio Day by trying to get through another day of radio reporting without messing up the audio technology.” – Ann Doss Helms
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