August 28, 1922, WEAF in New York City aired the first commercial...

Within four years of KDKA's first commercial radio broadcast, 600 radio stations were created across the United States. These radio stations relied on advertising revenue to fund their need for improved equipment and on-air entertainment. On Aug. 28, 1922, WEAF in New York City aired the first commercial radio advertisement. The ad was for a real estate developer, The Queensboro Corporation, who encouraged listeners to purchase shares in a housing development in Jackson Heights, New York. From 1922 to 1946, WEAF was the callsign of the radio station that became WNBC and the flagship station of the NBC Red network. This station is now known as WFAN (AM) in New York.

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