Tuesday 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 Yankees game live, both home and away. The station shut off the music — its last record was the Shangri-Las’ “Out in the Streets” — and became “all news, all the time.” The format has been successfully replicated in cities around the country, with some 45 stations currently devoted to all-news. Hundreds more are found in the news-talk format.  Today in the U.S., there are about 15,500 radio stations, employing over 94,000 people, with annual industry revenues of around $18 billion. Profile America is completing  its19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.