Happy National Radio Day from the whole crew at KISS-FM!

My fascination with the radio began as a young kid. Back then I believed the radio to be one of the greatest inventions ever created and after all these years, I feel the same way. Growing up, I remember asking my mom if we could have a radio in every room of our home so that we would always be surrounded by music. Needless to say, when the Walkman was introduced – the neat portable cassette/radio device became my best friend.

This freely accessible service is just about the best thing on earth and it’s all thanks to various collaborators and inventors that brought it to life.

No one person is credited with the invention of the radio but there a few prominent figures that heavily contributed to its creation such as Heinrich Hertz, Tesla, and Marconi.

A bit of history...

  • The first radio broadcast of voice and music purely for entertainment purposes aired in 1906 when Reginald Fessenden transmitted his program from Brant Rock, MA to the public.
  • During the 1920s the first broadcast stations began operating around the world broadcasting the news and world events for the first time.
  • And finally, on April 22, 1929, KTSM - the oldest radio station in El Paso.TX - signed on the air for the first time, powered at only 100 watts and broadcasting on 1310 kilocycles.

The power of radio would not have endured after all these years if not for its loyal listeners, especially now as it competes with satellite radio – so, thank you much for tuning in.

In celebration of National Radio Day – meet the faces behind the KISS-FM Crew with Mike & Tricia Mornings, Monika on Middays, Alex on Afternoons, Emily Slape on Weelends and last but not least, "Daver", our most excellent Engineer: