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The invention of the radio in the 19th century revolutionized mass communication to a large extent.
It enabled real-time broadcast of news and information while also serving as an excellent source of entertainment. Radio as a form of mass media has not died out despite the development of television and the Internet.
It is still listened to by thousands of people all over the globe, especially in underdeveloped countries where it is often the only source of current news. Recognizing radio's historical and contemporary significance, UNESCO designated February 13 as World Radio Day. Listed below are some great radio quotes from renowned people highlighting its critical role in numerous historical events and music promotion.
Read the quotes listed below to learn how people used radio as a source of information and entertainment before the Internet and television became commonplace.
"Radio was, in a way, a very philosophical medium. You could make an argument on the radio, and people listened to it. Television is already harder because people's attention span becomes shorter with television. Cut to a commercial and all that."
- Martha C. Nussbaum.
“Our blessed radio. It gives us eyes and ears out into the world. We listen to the German station only for good music. And we listen to the BBC for hope.”
- Anne Frank, 'The Diary Of Anne Frank'.
"Radio is such a perfect medium for the transmission of poetry, primarily because there just is the voice; there's no visual distraction."
"More than eighty years after the world's first station was founded, radio is still the most pervasive, accessible, affordable, and flexible mass medium available, especially in the developing world."
– Bruce Girard.
"Television and radio do a wonderful job in focusing attention on the problems of our society."
- Richard J. Daley.
"Radio continues to be the very best advertising music performers have. No one who ever grabbed a Grammy got there without radio."
- Gordon Smith.
"Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity."
"Radio is more powerful the closer we mimic the way we actually speak to each other. That's why Howard Stern is such a great radio talent. People on his show are actually speaking to each other. You might not like what they're saying, but they're real conversations."
- Ira Glass.
"Then radio came in. For the first time, people didn’t have to leave their homes to be entertained."
- Kliph Nesteroff.
"Because of news broadcast and discussions, illiterates who were in the past cut-off from any knowledge of what is going on around the world are beginning to follow events around the globe."
- Kwesi Kwaa Prah.
“The sound of pencils taking notes provided a low scrape and hum, almost like radio interference.”
― 'British Bulldog', Sara Sheridan.
(Radio significantly transformed people's daily lives worldwide by acting as a great medium of news, politics, education, and entertainment.)
Find out why people love listening to the radio by reading the quotes below.
“Radio gave me the soundwaves to love.”
― Anthony T. Hincks.
"I love radio - its immediacy and especially its intimacy... it is part of your life, whispering into your ear. You can't see it, but equally importantly, it can't see you."
- Malcolm Turnbull.
"If you want to hear the songs of zion coming from the land of in the spring / Get in touch with God, turn your radio on."
- Albert E.Brumley Sr.
"It's the music that keeps us all intact. Keeps us from going crazy. You should have two radios in case one gets broken."
- Lou Reed.
"So I listen to the radio (listen to the radio) / All the songs we used to know (listen to the radio) / So I listen to the radio (listen to the radio) / Remember where we used to go."
- 'Radio', Andrea Jane Corr, The Corrs.
"Radio affects most intimately, person-to-person, offering a world of unspoken communication between writer-speaker and the listener."
- Marshall McLuhan.
"Radio is the most intimate and socially personal medium in the world."
- Harry von Zell.
"The power of radio is not that it speaks to millions, but that it speaks intimately and privately to each one of those millions."
- Hallie Flanagan.
"I believe in making memories."
"For when you drive on the rough damp road, it acts like a smile just as your favourite songs playing on the radio!”
― Somya Kedia.
"There's always a nice tune on the radio - helps you get the dishes done. I like to get the news from time to time - not too often. I don't feel deprived."
- Leonard Cohen.
"I strongly encourage listening to the radio to hear something you haven't heard before. It's a very healthy thing to do. Unless you reload your iPods every couple of weeks, you're listening to and recycling the same music all of the time."
- Alvin Lee.
Bring a smile on your face by reading some funny radio quotes!
“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there's no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”
― Jerry Seinfeld.
“Insect life was so loud that when you parked the car and got out, it sounded as if you had suddenly tuned into a radio frequency from another planet.”
― David Samuels.
“That and the music was blaring. So loud that the radio station asked if they could keep it down as they cared about the safety of their listeners.”
― 'A Dragon, A Pig, And A Rabbi Walk Into A Bar...And Other Rambunctious Bites', J.S. Mason.
“The powerful chords that emanated from the radio heated me from the inside out, like a microwave.”
- 'In Zoey's Head', Sandy Ward Bell.
"Some years ago, a child was asked
whether he liked radio or television best. The boy
said radio because the pictures were better.”
― Jack Gilbert.
"I decided to try radio as a source of livelihood because I like to eat regularly.”
- Jim Backus.
"Radio... that wonderful invention by which I can reach millions of people... who fortunately can't reach me."
- Milton Berle.
Check out some of the most popular quotes on the radio below.
“When they attack the car, save the radio.”
- 'Valley Girl', Randy.
"For a moment, the radio wavered between stations
and I was so busy making myself marvelous."
― 'In The Voice Of A Minor Saint', S. Jane Sloat.
“We few left who listen to the radio leave
Ourselves available to surprise.”
― 'The Tradition', Jericho Brown.
"The benefit of the radio is, something beyond your realm of knowledge can surprise you, can enter your realm of knowledge."
- Esperanza Spalding.
“We are all shaped by the content we absorb. Like a radio tuned into the station of life. When you select the best content, you absorb greatness.”
― Alex G Zarate.
"Radio is dumb until the listener hears what radio says."
- Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.
"With radio, the listener absorbs everything."
- Bob Edwards.
"When radio keeps silent, our ears shall never hear the real details!"
- Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.
"When you listen to the radio, you are a witness of the everlasting war between idea and appearance, between time and eternity, between the human and the divine."
- Hermann Hesse.
"A world without radio is a deaf world. A world without television is a blind world. A world without telephone is a dumb world. A world without communication is indeed a crippled world."
- Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.
"Radio will remain necessary to cover news in each region of the world and each country in real-time and enable young people to find the musical color of their choice."
- Hervé Bourges.
"TV gives everyone an image, but radio gives birth to a million images in a million brains."
- Peggy Noonan.
"In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence."
- Ira Glass.
"Radio helps you break into a whole different audience. Radio has so much power. And that's my mission: to not only break into the EDM audience but to break also into the mainstream audience."
- Martin Garrix.
"I was always fishing for something on the radio. Just like trains and bells, it was part of the soundtrack of my life."
- Bob Dylan.
"Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless."
- Steve Allen.
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