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Events in Film & TV

  • 1929-01-08 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1932-03-24 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • 1946-11-01 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC
  • 1948-08-10 WABC TV channel 7 in New York, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-03-01 WJZ-AM in NYC becomes WABC; WJZ-TV in Baltimore final transmission
  • 1958-06-02 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • 1959-11-20 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • 1982-05-10 WABC NYC plays its last record (John Lennon's Imagine)
  • 1982-05-10 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network
  • 1988-06-20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • 1988-06-20 WABC officially becomes the NJ Devils new home radio
  • 1992-11-04 NY Jets announce they are moving from WABC to WFAN radio

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1937-11-11 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943-07-12 Ernie Anastos, Nashua NH, news anchor (WCBS, WABC)
  • 1948-11-25 Storm Field, [Elliot], NY, weatherman (WABC TV, WCBS TV)
  • 1950-07-23 Kaity Tong, news anchor (WABC-TV NYC)
  • 1954-03-26 Curtis Sliwa, founder (Guardian Angels)/radio personality (WABC)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1993-06-03 Bob Fitzsimmons, NY radio DJ (WNEW AM/WABC AM/WHN AM), dies at 53