It's the most wonderful day of the year! No really - August 20th we celebrate National Radio Day! In a world with so much technology at your fingertips, do we take it for granted? Here's a little history how radio became what you hear today.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Nikolai Tesla and Guglielmo Merconi were battling to be the father of radio. Tesla created and patented the Tesla coil, which helped with transmitting. However, Guglielmo Merconi was the first to transmit signals across the Atlantic Ocean. Seems like he may have won the title.

Thinkstock

During the early stages, radios were used solely by the military and ships at sea. Much like, morse code, information was sent through radio. In 1920, KDKA became the first radio station to be licensed by the government. Three years later, AT&T sent out the first radio advertisement.

During World War II, music became more popular on the radio. The birth of the "Top 40" of music was around this same time.

Thinkstock

Today, there are over 15,330 radio stations in the United States. New Jersey holds 161 of these. Radios have made their way into homes, cars, boats, phones, and on the internet.

We're proud to be a part of the radio world. It is not a lost art to us, and no amount of technology will stop the love we have for radio.

Sign up for the WPG Talk Radio 104.1 Newsletter

Get South Jersey news and information e-mailed to you every week.