Today in Radio History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 533

  • 1946-11-01 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1947-02-10 Netherlands Radio Union forms
  • 1947-02-19 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
  • 1947-04-15 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
  • 1947-10-20 Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years

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1947-10-27 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 1948-02-06 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
  • 1948-03-21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • 1948-05-14 Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast
  • 1948-10-01 Radio Denmark begins transmitting
  • 1948-10-21 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1949-02-12 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
  • 1949-06-03 Dragnet is 1st broadcast on radio (KFI in Los Angeles)
  • 1949-07-07 "Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967
  • 1949-10-03 WERD, 1st black-owned radio station, opens in Atlanta
  • 1950-07-04 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.

Film release premierFilm Premier

1950-08-10 "Sunset Boulevard", starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall

  • 1950-09-30 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcasted on TV for 1st time

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1950-12-03 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 1951-01-29 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • 1951-01-30 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
  • 1951-02-06 Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago
  • 1951-02-18 Netherlands Radio School forms
  • 1951-06-22 Gene Rayburn & Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio
  • 1951-07-02 "Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio
  • 1951-07-02 Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system
  • 1952-06-30 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
  • 1953-06-11 "Amos 'n Andy" TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
  • 1953-10-13 Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves-patented-Samuel Bagno
  • 1954-01-20 The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • 1954-09-08 Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • 1954-10-18 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • 1954-10-18 Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
  • 1954-12-26 "The Shadow" airs for last time on radio

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1955-03-03 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1955-03-04 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent

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1955-03-17 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1955-06-12 Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network
  • 1955-08-07 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
  • 1955-08-19 WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It A Shame," not Pat Boone's)
  • 1956-03-01 The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • 1956-04-16 1st solar powered radios go on sale
  • 1956-12-18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer

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1957-01-13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1957-05-01 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast
  • 1957-05-27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format.
  • 1957-08-05 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
  • 1957-09-08 Pope Pius XII encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV
  • 1958-03-20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • 1958-03-20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • 1958-06-02 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • 1958-06-17 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
  • 1958-08-21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions

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1958-12-19 1st radio broadcast from space (President Eisenhower voice "To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere")

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1959-03-06 Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
  • 1960-04-04 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
  • 1960-05-19 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
  • 1960-05-23 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1960-10-03 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke
  • 1960-10-11 Radio/TV executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of Detroit Tigers
  • 1960-11-25 "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio
  • 1960-11-25 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • 1960-11-27 CBS radio cancels "Have Gun Will Travel"
  • 1960-11-28 CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes

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1960-12-10 Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • 1961-06-18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • 1961-09-04 Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 1961-12-12 Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36
  • 1962-05-28 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio
  • 1962-06-01 Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit
  • 1962-08-05 1st quasar located by radio
  • 1962-10-01 US National Radio Astronomy Obs gets a 300' (91m) radio telescope
  • 1962-10-28 Radio Moscow reports nuclear missiles in Cuba deactivated
  • 1962-11-01 USSR launches Mars 1; radio contact lost before arrival at Mars
  • 1963-08-08 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • 1963-09-28 Murray The K, a NY DJ plays "She Loves You" on the radio
  • 1963-12-31 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
  • 1964-08-13 1st broadcast by Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • 1964-10-01 1st official broadcast of Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • 1964-11-16 Radio CJCX Sydney Nova Scotia (Canada) starts shortwave transmission
  • 1965-01-27 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
  • 1965-04-19 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating
  • 1965-05-03 Don Steele, begins a 40+ year radio career at KRTH (Los Angeles California)
  • 1965-11-19 ABC radio begins weekly "Vietnam Update" report
  • 1965-12-22 Radio Mil (Domincan Republic) transmitter blown up
  • 1966-02-05 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • 1966-05-01 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • 1966-06-01 Shortwave station Radio NY Worldwide changes calls from WRUL to WNYW
  • 1966-08-02 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • 1966-08-15 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission
  • 1966-11-30 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland
  • 1966-12-01 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Md to Boulder, Colo
  • 1967-04-07 Tom Donahue, SF dj begins new radio format - Progressive (KMPX-FM)
  • 1967-04-17 Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
  • 1967-07-01 BBC starts its World Radio Club
  • 1967-08-14 Radio Scotland & Radio Swinging Holland go off the air
  • 1967-08-18 WCBS radio in NYC goes all-news
  • 1967-09-23 Radio Malta stops testing
  • 1967-09-30 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)
  • 1967-10-13 CBS radio cancels "House Party"

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