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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 28: First Radio CommercialFIRST RADIO COMMERCIALProfile America — Sunday, August 28th. What is believed to be the nation's first radio commercial was broadcast on the new medium on this date 94 years ago. Station WEAF in New York City carried that first ad — not for soap or automobiles — but for a group of apartment buildings in Queens. The cost was $100 for a 10-minute sales pitch. At the time, there were just 30 stations in the whole country, and only 60,000 households had receivers.
U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 20: First Licensed Radio StationFollowing is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:FIRST LICENSED RADIO STATIONThe nation's first radio station licensed by the federal government began broadcasting in Detroit on this date in 1920 — station 8MK, now operating as WWJ. The station was owned by the Detroit News, and operated with an amateur license, which in 1922 was changed to commercial. The first station to receive a commercial license was KDKA in Pittsburgh, which began broadcasting in October of 1920.