National Public Radio turns 50

NPR is celebrating 50 years on air in May. The very first broadcast happened on May 3, 1971. That same day more than 20,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest against the Vietnam War. NPR journalists covered the day’s events, producing a 24-minute sound portrait of what was happening. And it didn’t stop there. Over the years NPR has reported stories that you’ve heard through your car radio, your smartphone, and smart speaker, and read online.

WGCU is proud to part of spreading the mission to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. Our commitment is to Hear Every Voice as we look forward to the next 50 years.

Looking ahead, there is so much more we can accomplish together. We have new ideas, innovations, and ambitions to reach more and more people with quality programming and trusted news. But we need your support to get there. Make a donation to power the future of public radio today.



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