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Politics Monday: Election Nights Have Been A Mix Of Drama And Gimmicks

Bush Gore Washington Post Front Page
Elvert Barnes

This Election Day eve marks 100 years since presidential elections entered a new era. The country's first commercial radio station, KDKA in Pittsburgh, went on the air, reading out results as they came in.

Election nights have gone on to become a mainstay of broadcasting. Sometimes it takes hours to determine the winner, and sometimes the race is called pretty early.

And then there was THAT election.

Ira Chinoy, associate professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, says election nights have long been "central events in American culture," even well before the broadcast age.


Ira Chinoy, associate professor, University of Maryland's Merrill College of Journalism (@ichinoy)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.