WABC in History

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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)
  • 1946-11-02 New York City's WABC (AM & FM) radio stations change call letters to WCBS
  • 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 his refusal to swear innocence in payola scandal (accepting bribes from record companies)

Music Recording

1970-11-17 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

  • 1982-05-10 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network

Radio History

1982-05-10 WABC radio (NYC) plays its last record - John Lennon's "Imagine" - and switches to all-talk format

  • 1988-06-20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • 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, American news anchor (WCBS, WABC), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1948-11-25 Storm Field [Elliot], NY, weatherman (WABC TV, WCBS TV)
  • 1950-07-23 Kaity Tong, Chinese-American news anchor (WPIX), born in Qingdao, China
  • 1954-03-26 Curtis Sliwa, American activist, founder of the Guardian Angels, born in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in Film & TV

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