National Radio Day celebrates a century of broadcasting history


On Considered Louisiana, brothers Marshall Pierite and Harold Pierite, Sr. of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council join us to share some life lessons. Also, in recognition of National Radio Day, Len Apcar of LSU Manship School of Mass Communication shares some thoughts on radio’s contributions over the past century and considers its future. This segment of Louisiana Considered aired Thursday, August 18, 2022. To listen to the full episode, click the play button above.

National Radio Day is celebrated on August 20, a date chosen because Detroit station 8MK (now known as WWJ) began broadcasting on this day in 1920. Learn more about the history of radio and how misinformation and social media have changed the way readers relate to the news story, we are joined by Len Apcar, who holds the Wendell Gray Switzer, Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

The names Marshall and Harold Pierite, Sr. have been in the news a lot lately, and for good reason. Marshall Pierite is president of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and previously served in several elected positions on the tribal council. This year the Native American Financial Officers Association (NAFOA) awarded him the Tribal Leader of the Year award.

Harold Pierite, Sr. is a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Board of Directors and Chief of the Tribe’s Police Department. He was appointed to the Louisiana State Police Commission in 2017 and was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.

The Pierite Brothers joined us to discuss their years of service to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe in Louisiana and to share their advice for future leaders.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our Executive Producer is Alana Schreiber and our Digital Editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell and Thomas Walsh.

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