the media of radio and television broadcasting:
The airwaves were filled with news flashes about the crisis.
Contemporary Examples

Stephen Colbert was back on the airwaves Monday and wasted no time sharing details from his latest celebrity encounter.
Marie Colvin’s Final Interview, Obama Sings Again, More Viral Videos The Daily Beast Video February 24, 2012

Yes, Downton Abbey is back, and with its return to U.S. airwaves comes renewed debate about the British costume drama.
Family Feud: Which ‘Downton Abbey’ Sister Is the Best? Caitlin Dickson, Kevin Fallon, Abby Haglage January 8, 2013

Seventy-five years ago, ‘War of the Worlds’ hit the airwaves, setting off a national panic.
When Mars Attacked 75 Years Ago—And Everyone Believed It Marc Wortman October 28, 2013

They have blitzed the airwaves and the bookshelves with pseudo-scientific fact-muddling written by non-specialists.
The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy to Lie About Climate Change Has Worked Jay Michaelson October 16, 2012

So a battle of the airwaves could be about to commence during the tough negotiations over a settlement.
How Divorce Could Complicate Rupert Murdoch’s Business Empire Peter Jukes June 13, 2013

A shaky first few episodes quickly gave way to one of the tightest, funniest ensemble comedies to hit the airwaves since 30 Rock.
12 Shows Wrongly Snubbed by the Emmy Awards Shannon Donnelly July 7, 2010

Then in 1938 the mounting crisis presaging war in Europe burst over the airwaves into American homes.
When Mars Attacked 75 Years Ago—And Everyone Believed It Marc Wortman October 28, 2013

Even Angels Fall of the airwaves Axe commercials have always been quite suggestive, but now, one is being banned entirely.
11 Ads Banned from TV Shannon Donnelly October 31, 2011

Historical Examples

We should insist that the public interest be fully served through the public’s airwaves.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

The airwaves are a public trust, and broadcasters also have to help us in this effort to strengthen our democracy.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

plural noun
(informal) radio waves used in radio and television broadcasting


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