Thanks to Heather for pointing out this E. B. White quote from... a long time ago.
I live in a strictly rural community, and people here speak of “The Radio” in the large sense, with an over-meaning. When they say “The Radio” they don’t mean a cabinet, an electrical phenomenon, or a man in a studio, they refer to a pervading and somewhat godlike presence which has come into their lives and homes (E. B. White, quoted in Tom Lewis, " 'A Godlike Presence: The Impact of Radio on the 1920s and 1930s," OAH Magazine of History, 1992)