The National Radio Institute was a
private post-secondary correspondence school
based in Washington, D.C..The National Radio
Institute was founded by James E. Smith, a
high school teacher, in Washington, D.C., in
1914. McGraw-Hill Education purchased NRI
and the correspondence division of Capitol
Radio Engineering Institute in 1968. The
school was renamed NRI Schools, James E.
Smith remained as NRI chairman until his
death in 1973. James' son, J Morrison Smith,
succeeded as president, retiring in 1976.
McGraw-Hill announced in 1999 that it would
phase out NRI Schools, citing "changes in
the marketplace". They ceased operation on
March 31, 2002.