NATIONAL TRAFFIC DIRECTORS DAY:
Celebrated on November 2nd, every year. If it falls on a weekend, it is observed on the following Monday. This day is also known as National Broadcast traffic Traffic Professional’s Day or National Traffic Professionals Day. This day was dedicated to honoring all the radio and television traffic departments for their efforts with scheduling the programs and other important announcements at the national broadcast stations.
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WHY NATIONAL TRAFFIC DIRECTORS DAY?
The National Traffic Directors Day is observed to honor the work of Broadcast traffic professionals on November 2nd, 1920 for the first commercial broadcast through KDKA radio outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This day commemorates the comprehensive efforts of thousands of professional traffic directors in broadcast media for maintaining schedules and programs efficiently. Be it News. entertainment, commercials or talk shows these traffic directors work diligently. Programs have been constantly developed even through stormy weather, stringent budgets, personality differences, and breaking news announcements!
The Traffic Directors Day applies to everyone working for Business Office, Continuity, Billing, Production, etc. It’s a day to show appreciation for all these professionals who work offscreen.
Thus every year on November 2nd the Traffic Directors Guild of America is an ardent fan of this celebration recognizing traffic directors and their 30 other titles for their commendable works throughout the year.
HOW CAN WE OBSERVE NATIONAL TRAFFIC DIRECTORS DAY?
- Thank a traffic Director
If you know any traffic directors in your family or locality take a moment to thank them and appreciate them. You may also thank them by writing a thankyou email or via a phone call.
- Get a thankyou gift
You can show your appreciation with a little gift of anything! You may give them a box of donuts, Pizza or chocolates! You may give flowers too!
- Create a handmade thankyou Card!
If you are more on the creative side, add some magic to the papers! Nothing is more special than personally made cards and gifts! Take a picture and share them on Social media using hashtags #NationalTrafficDirectorsDay and #TrafficDirectorsDay
- Food, Shopping or movie coupons
If you are a business owner, you may give discounts and offers for Traffic directors! If you don’t own a business, you can still give one of those coupons as a token of appreciation to enjoy family time over food, shopping, or a movie!
- Have a small lunch or dinner treat
You can do this individually or as a group! You can cook something nice and pack it off for their lunch or dinner! If you want to do it on a large scale you can look for sponsors and volunteers to appreciate their works.
- Show your appreciation on Social Media
You can make your Vlog or write a blog about National Traffic Directors Day and post them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This will help motivate others and inform people who are not aware of traffic directors or their works.
- Get to know more about their work
If you know any Traffic Director personally, you may interview them and share their experience. Browse the internet or read books related to Radio or TV traffic and expand your knowledge boundaries.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BROADCAST TRAFFIC DAY:
- The first broadcasting used AM radio popular around 1920 using vacuum tube radio transmitters and receivers
- Before broadcasting using AM radio signals, all forms of electronic communication were designed for individual recipients.
- The radio and TV broadcast you receive at your home via a radio or TV station is called “over the air” (OTA) broadcasting
- The earliest broadcast included telegraph signals using Morse code developed by F.B.Morse, Alfred Vail and Physicist Joseph Henry
- Satellite broadcasting started gaining momentum in the 1960s and by 1970s Direct Broadcast Satellites (DBS) were used for general industry purposes
- Television broadcasting gained momentum in the 1930s
- Cable television broadcasting began in the 1950s
- In 1927, the Radio Act was passed to allocate wavelengths to different broadcasters
- By 1936, the U.S. has 33 million radios
- In 1932, Radar was invented by Allen DuMont for the U.S. Army
- In 1936, Arthur C. Nielsen engineers an audience measurement system to give radio ratings
- By 1954, 54 % of the American Population owned a TV
- In 1962, nearly 135 million TV viewers witnessed the Space flight of John Glenn.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL TRAFFIC DIRECTORS DAY:
The National Traffic Directors Day founded on November 2nd, 2010 coincides with the first commercial broadcast on November 2nd, 1922. However, the founder of this day remains unknown.