Friday / Weekend Open Line

The first all-news radio format in the U.S. debuted on this date in 1965, as WINS AM in New York City switched from rock and roll to rip and read. Almost 20 years earlier, the station had notched another first, by broadcasting every New York Yankee game live, both home and away. The station shut off the music — its last record was the Shangri-La’s “Out in the Streets” — and became “all news, all the time.” The format has been successfully replicated in cities around the country. Today in the U.S., there are over 6,300 radio stations broadcasting over the spectrum, with an additional 3,400 establishments engaged in Internet publishing and broadcasting. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.