Radio Baby

What is a radio baby?

A person born between 1928 and 1945

A radio baby is a person that is part of The Silent Generation, the period when people are born between 1928 and 1945. They are born after members of the GI Generation and before the Baby Boomer" (boomers) generation.

The name comes from the advent and subsequent prevalence of radios during the period in which they were born. In America, radio babies grew up during the Great Depression and World War II, which left an indelible mark on them. Because of this time of scarcity and uncertainty, their generation is significantly smaller than the generations before and after them.

In general, radio babies are parents of boomers, Jonesers, and Gen Xers and grandparents of millennials and Gen Zers (aka zoomers). Additionally, the generation is often characterized as conforming to traditionalism (also known as "traditionalists"), hard-working, financially prudent, and resilient.


My mom was a radio baby and so concerned about us not wasting any food
Yeah, the Great Depression definitely left a mark on her
Radio baby with great granddaughter
Radio baby with great granddaughter

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Updated March 22, 2023

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