EarthDate Now Reaching Fans on 400 Radio Stations
On April 22, 2017, EarthDate, the Bureau of Economic Geology’s weekly earth science radio program, premiered at that year’s Earth Day celebration in Dallas, Texas. Now, after just over 3 years, EarthDate is aired on 400 radio stations, reaching listeners in every state across the United States and in cities throughout Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Its catalog of 179 episodes explores everything from major geological events of the past to prehistoric life to current weather and natural phenomena. The episodes are accompanied by cost-free background materials that are utilized by thousands of parents, teachers, and students across the country. Each episode and their background materials can be downloaded from EarthDate.org.
“To reach 400 radio stations in all 50 states in just a few years is phenomenal,” said Scott W. Tinker, Bureau director and the originator and host of EarthDate. “It speaks to the public demand for non-partisan, entertaining stories about science and our world.”
Dr. Tinker’s original concept was to create an easily understandable and accessible series of two-minute audio vignettes which would open the scientific wonders of our planet to a broad audience of curious listeners. Tinker teamed with award-winning film and media director Harry Lynch, recording specialist Shayna Brown, radio station coordinator Casey Walker, and a crew of Bureau staff including Juli Hennings, Mark Blount, Emily Harris, Jamie Coggins, and Adam Kirk. Together, the EarthDate team has created a high-quality, highly entertaining, and thoroughly informative body of work.
Recently, things came full-circle in a way when EarthX, the principal organizer of the annual Earth Day activities in Dallas, generously joined the EarthDate team as its underwriting sponsor. The mission of EarthX is to bring people together in building a sustainable future.
The EarthDate crew recently completed recording a new set of episodes that will air this fall, so fans can look forward to many more thought-provoking and engaging programs soon. EarthDate aims to continue expanding its audience as more radio stations come on board, bringing the wonders of the Earth to thousands of dedicated listeners each week.