come/go on the air


of a radio or television station, program, etc.
: to start broadcasting or being broadcast
The station went on the air 25 years ago.
a show that first came/went on the air five years ago
The President went on the air to defend his policies.

Examples of come/go on the air in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The campaign didn’t have the bandwidth, or funds, to go on the air attacking Caruso on other fronts — including his refusal to release his income tax returns, as Bass and other primary candidates had. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 Back in April, Joy's camera fell over, which temporarily froze her video feed just seconds before she was supposed to go on the air. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 18 Oct. 2020 The president also is spending $1.2 million in Georgia and $230,000 in Iowa, two states where Biden has yet to go on the air but could do so later this fall. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 9 Sep. 2020 Barber, a popular early-season camping destination for IndyCar fans and a potential drivable race for those in the Indy area, lost its noon start time from 2022 and will now come on the air at 3 p.m.. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Jan. 2023

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“Come/go on the air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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