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100 Years of Broadcast

Students in a special journalism course in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University tell the stories of Tennessee broadcasters in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. That broadcast from KDKA in Pittsburgh took place on November 2, 1920, which was Election Day. 100 years later, broadcasting looks and sounds quite different.

Journalism students in the class interviewed Tennessee broadcasters about their experiences, researched state broadcast history, and produced a television special as well as a website companion. Some of the interviews were conducted using video conferencing as a COVID-19 precaution. 

Nashville Broadcasting Timeline

Created by Dontae Rucker, MTN Reporter

KDKA CBS 2 - Presents the Recreated Audio of First Commercial Broadcast

Broadcast Stations in Tennessee - Interactive Map

Created by Zoe Haggard

Additional External Resources

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