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What is the "Golden Age of Radio"
The Golden Age of Radio has also been referred to as the "Wide World of Radio". It was an era during which radio was the dominant form of home entertainment in the United States. It began with the birth of commercial radio broadcasting in the early 1920s and lasted into the 1950s when television took over as the medium of choice for scripted programming.
During this "golden age", radio was the only broadcast medium and a wide variety of formats were created, including plays, mysteries, soap operas, quiz shows, news and sports programs, variety shows, situation comedies, kids programs and cooking shows. 82% of Americans were radio listeners and during the evening, families would gather around the radio to listen to their favorite programs. Since this era, radio has shifted to a more narrow format of news, talk, sports and music.