Radio in History

Historical Events

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  • 1891-12-29 Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)
  • 1894-08-14 Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge demonstrates wireless telegraphy (radio) using Morse code at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford University
  • 1895-05-07 Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver in St. Petersberg. Celebrated as Radio Day in Russia.

InventionHistoric Invention

1896-06-02 Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1901-12-12 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1902-01-01 Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio, Pennsylvania
  • 1903-01-18 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • 1903-01-19 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England
  • 1904-01-07 Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st international radio distress signal
  • 1905-11-25 Telimco makes the 1st ever advertisment for a radio set, by advertising a $7.50 set in the "Scientific American" which claimed to receive signals for up to one mile
  • 1906-10-20 Dr Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube)
  • 1906-10-25 US inventor Lee de Forest patents "Audion", a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting
  • 1906-11-03 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin selects "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal as the worldwide standard for help
  • 1906-12-24 Reginald A Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass)
  • 1907-03-05 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • 1907-12-16 Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Bkln Navy Yard NY)

  • 1908-01-12 A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • 1908-05-12 Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
  • 1909-01-23 1st radio rescue at sea
  • 1910-02-23 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
  • 1914-04-06 American Radio Relay League (organization for hams) founded
  • 1915-09-29 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent
  • 1915-10-21 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris
  • 1919-10-17 Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is created as a subsidiary of General Electric
  • 1919-11-06 1st Dutch radio program: Soirée Musicale with "Turf in you(r) ransel"
  • 1920-04-20 Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
  • 1920-07-27 Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation
  • 1920-08-20 1st US commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit begins daily broadcasting
  • 1920-08-31 Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1920-09-06 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1920-09-29 Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10
  • 1920-10-27 Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins
  • 1921-01-02 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
  • 1921-04-11 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • 1921-05-21 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
  • 1921-09-15 WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions
  • 1921-10-05 First Baseball World Series radio broadcast; all-NY contest, Yanks beat Giants, 3-0 at Polo Grounds; sportswriter Grantland Rice is the caller
  • 1921-11-15 KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1921-12-07 KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-01-09 KQV-AM in Pittsburgh PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-01-13 WHA-AM in Madison WI begins radio transmissions

  • 1922-02-04 WGY-AM in Schenectady NY begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-02-08 Radio arrives at the White House
  • 1922-02-18 WOC-AM in Davenport IA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-02-19 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
  • 1922-02-20 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-02-21 WHK-AM in Cleveland, Ohio begins radio transmissions

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1922-02-27 US Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1922-02-28 KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-02 WLW-AM in Cincinnati OH begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-03 WWJ-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-09 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-10 KLZ-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-13 WRR-AM in Dallas TX begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-14 KGU-AM in Honolulu HI begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-14 KSD-AM in Saint Louis MO begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-14 WGR-AM in Buffalo NY begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-15 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
  • 1922-03-16 WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-18 WBT-AM in Charlotte NC begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-20 WIP-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-21 KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-23 KMJ-AM in Fresno CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-23 WEW-AM in Saint Louis MO begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-30 KGY-AM in Olympia WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-30 WWL-AM in New Orleans LA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-31 KFI-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-04-04 WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls
  • 1922-04-05 KOB-AM in Albuquerque NM begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-04-05 WDZ-AM in Decatur IL begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-04-28 WOI (Ames, Iowa) country's 1st licensed educational radio station
  • 1922-05-04 KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-05-10 WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922-06-14 US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US President to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 1922-08-14 1st "old time" musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)
  • 1922-08-16 AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC)
  • 1922-08-28 WEAF in NYC airs 1st radio commercial (Queensboro Realty-$100 for 10 mins)
  • 1922-09-17 Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station)
  • 1922-10-04 Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing as the New York Giants-New York Yankees Baseball World Series is broadcast for the first time over radio (WJZ & WGY)
  • 1922-10-07 First radio link, WNJ (Newark) & WGY (Senectady) link for World Series
  • 1922-10-28 First US coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game
  • 1922-11-14 BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House
  • 1922-12-24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • 1923-01-18 1st radio telegraph message from Netherlands to Dutch East Indies
  • 1923-01-19 WMC-AM in Memphis TN begins radio transmissions
  • 1923-03-22 The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923-06-06 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports reporter reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company

  • 1923-07-01 1st permanent radio network-AT&T (WEAF NY & WMAF Mass)
  • 1923-07-19 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • 1923-09-28 Radio Times 1st published
  • 1923-11-24 Radio Belgium's 1st transmission
  • 1923-12-03 First Congressional open session broadcast via radio (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1923-12-04 WEAF radio begins broadcasting Eveready Hour (variety show)

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1923-12-06 1st US Presidential address broadcast on radio by President Calvin Coolidge

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • 1923-12-31 1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester
  • 1924-01-22 KGO-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-02-08 1st US coast-to-coast radio hookup: General John Joseph Carty speech in Chicago
  • 1924-03-21 1st foreign language course broadcast on US radio (WJZ, NYC)
  • 1924-03-28 WGN-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-04-11 WLS-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions

Famous Birthdays

  • 1851-06-12 Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist, early radio pioneer, born in Penkhull, England (d. 1940)
  • 1857-02-22 Heinrich Hertz, physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves
  • 1865-06-15 L H Perquin, Dutch religious radio speaker
  • 1873-08-26 Lee De Forest, Council Bluffs, inventor (Audion vacuum (radio) tube)

Person of interestGuglielmo Marconi

1874-04-25 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian radio inventor (Nobel 1909), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1937)

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1875-08-23 William Eccles, English physicist and radio pioneer, born in Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 1966)
  • 1879-03-08 Otto Hahn, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1882-11-13 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1886-08-07 Louis Hazeltine, inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
  • 1888-08-12 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder (AVRO)
  • 1890-02-03 Charles [Andy] Correll, US radio comedian
  • 1890-12-18 Edwin Howard Armstrong, American radio pioneer inventor (FM), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891-02-27 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), born in Uzlyany, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1891-06-04 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1945)
  • 1891-08-09 Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator
  • 1892-04-13 Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, born in Brechin, Scotland (d. 1973)
  • 1893-06-12 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), born in Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1894-05-31 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1896-11-16 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1898-04-15 Marian Jordan, American actress, radio comedienne (Molly-Fibber McGee & Molly), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1898-07-11 Herman de Man, [Salomon H Hamburger], Dutch writer/Radio Orange
  • 1899-05-02 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1900-02-20 Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
  • 1900-06-28 Alan Bunce, American radio and television actor (Homicidal, Ethel & Albert), born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1902-11-21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (d. 1985)
  • 1904-05-11 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer
  • 1904-10-02 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, born in Alverchurch, Worchestershire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1905-01-19 Anne Schumacher Hummert, Baltimore US, leading creator of daytime radio serials during the 1930s and 1940s
  • 1905-10-22 Karl Jansky, Czech, discoverer (cosmic radio emissions in 1932)
  • 1906-01-19 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1907-02-16 Fernando Previtali, Italian composer and conductor (Rome Radio Symphony), born in Adria, Veneto (d. 1985)
  • 1908-04-28 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1909-03-24 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1909-05-06 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)
  • 1909-12-07 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1910-05-03 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1911-12-22 Grote Reber, American astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope)
  • 1913-04-16 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1913-08-31 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank Observatory, born in Oldland Common, Bristol (d. 2012)
  • 1913-12-25 Candy Candido [Jonathan Joseph Candido], American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan, The Great Mouse Detective), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)

Person of interestHedy Lamarr

1914-11-09 Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (Ecstasy, Samson & Delilah) and inventor (radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2000)

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • 1916-07-02 Barry Gray, [Bernard Yaroslaw], interviewer (started call-in radio)
  • 1916-10-28 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, born in Inverness (d. 1994)
  • 1917-04-11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster, born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1918-09-27 Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)
  • 1918-12-22 Frankie Darro [Frank Johnson], American actor (Radio Ranch, Wild Boys of the Road, Valley of Wanted Men), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1919-02-04 Janet Waldo, American radio and actress (Judy Jetson, Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1919-04-13 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (d. 2000)
  • 1919-10-11 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice, radio and film actress (The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1919-11-10 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), born in Peking China (d. 1997)
  • 1920-10-09 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1920-12-11 Eddy Firestone, American radio, television, and film actor (Mixed Doubles), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1921-05-31 Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer
  • 1922-06-09 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biochemist - Radio and TV animator (d. 1988)
  • 1922-07-19 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, born in Boulder, Colorado (d. 2013)
  • 1923-01-03 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1924-05-01 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), born in Dulwich, London (d. 1997)
  • 1924-05-11 Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
  • 1924-06-03 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (d. 1999)
  • 1927-01-27 Nancy Dickerson, pioneering American radio and TV journalist (NBC, CBS), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1930-06-21 Patricia Lindop, radio biologist
  • 1930-08-19 D[avid] G[uy] Compton, UK, sci-fi author (Synthajoy, Radio Plays)
  • 1930-12-29 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1931-05-04 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (USSR State Radio), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1933-06-20 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Radio Days), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934-12-28 David Warrilow, English actor (Radio Days, Dakota Road, Barton Fink), born in Stone, England (d. 1995)
  • 1936-01-10 Robert Woodrow Wilson, American physicist and radio astronomer, Nobel laureate
  • 1937-05-13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)
  • 1938-01-30 Marcel P. A. van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)
  • 1940-07-23 Don Imus, American radio disc jockey (WNBC), born in Riverside, California
  • 1942-05-22 Pallo Jordan, South African ANC member/heads (Radio Freedom)
  • 1946-03-29 Ronald Farrow, radio producer and priest (d. 1995)
  • 1946-10-14 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach, born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • 1946-11-23 Hans Hoekman, Dutch radio play actor
  • 1946-12-30 Patti Smith, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951-03-14 Rigdon "Rick" Dees, American actor, voice artist and radio disc jock (The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-10-07 David J. Halberstam, American radio executive
  • 1953-04-24 Eric Bogosian, American actor (Talk Radio), born in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • 1953-06-12 Allan Weiner, American pirate radio station owner, born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1956-03-26 Charly McClain, country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1960-02-10 Lionel Cartwright, American country music artist (I Watched it on the Radio, Leap of Faith), born in Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 1960-03-17 Vicki Lewis, actress (Beth-Newsradio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961-03-29 Ane-Marie Sanches, newscaster (Suriname TV/Radio)
  • 1963-01-04 Dave Foley, actor and comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson on NewsRadio)
  • 1963-11-28 Armando Iannucci, comedian and radio producer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1965-02-03 Maura Tierney, actress (Lisa-Newsradio), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965-04-18 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • 1965-12-21 Andy Dick, actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1968-04-15 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • 1968-10-07 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep, Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire,
  • 1971-11-05 Jonny Greenwood, guitarist (Radiohead)
  • 1974-01-18 Michael Tunn, Australian television and radio
  • 1974-03-28 Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1970-10-18 Actor Lee Marvin (46) weds radio producer Pamela Feeley (40)

Actor Lee Marvin
Actor
Lee Marvin
  • 2006-11-04 Radio and television journalist Alison Stewart (40) weds MSNBC vice-president of prime-time programming Bill Wolff (40) at the stylish New York restaurant Cipriani 23rd Street

Famous Deaths

  • 1932-07-22 Reginald Fessenden, Canadian inventor and radio pioneer (b. 1866)

Person of interestGuglielmo Marconi

1937-07-20 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian engineer/marquis (radio, Nobel 1909), dies of a heart attack at 63

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1938-08-04 L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
  • 1940-08-22 Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist, early radio pioneer, dies at 89
  • 1943-01-23 Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56
  • 1944-03-11 Hendrik W van Loon, Neth/US radio commentator/writer, dies at 62
  • 1944-11-28 Joop Brouwer de Koning, youngest Dutch radio operator, executed at 25
  • 1945-06-26 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 54
  • 1946-11-14 Herman de Man, [Salomon H Hamburger], author/Radio Orange, dies
  • 1950-02-14 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • 1952-11-23 Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 62
  • 1954-01-31 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • 1956-03-17 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • 1961-04-07 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • 1965-04-27 Alan Bunce, American radio and television actor (Homicidal, Ethel & Albert), dies at 64
  • 1967-08-07 Max Branch, music/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • 1967-08-07 Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • 1967-08-31 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), dies of lymphoma at 59
  • 1971-12-12 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • 1972-03-30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
  • 1973-06-18 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84

Person of interestRobert Watson-Watt

1973-12-05 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist (pioneered radar and radio direction finding), dies at 81

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt
  • 1976-12-25 Frankie Darro [Frank Johnson], American actor (Radio Ranch, Wild Boys of the Road, Valley of Wanted Men), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1977-11-29 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), dies at 78
  • 1980-08-23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • 1982-09-12 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), dies at 89
  • 1982-12-10 Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
  • 1984-10-14 Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)
  • 1985-04-21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1987-03-19 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), dies at 77
  • 1988-04-01 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
  • 1989-01-10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • 1989-07-10 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), dies at 80
  • 1990-09-16 Loretta Tupper, radio/TV entertainer, dies of cancer at 84
  • 1991-05-14 Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies
  • 1991-07-16 Dwight Weist, Radio actor/film narrator (Radio Days), dies at 81
  • 1991-09-15 Andre Baruch, Radio/TV announcer dies at 83
  • 1992-05-03 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98
  • 1992-07-31 Sjoerd de Free, reporter (Radio Herrijzend Netherland), dies
  • 1993-02-24 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster, dies at 75
  • 1993-05-26 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • 1993-11-21 Jim McLaughlin, Buffalo radio newsman (WKBW), dies at 59
  • 1994-07-27 H Minderop, founder/chairman (TROS-radio/TV), dies
  • 1994-08-03 John van Raay, [John Oradi], radio-imitator (Paul Flanders)
  • 1994-09-26 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, dies at 77
  • 1994-12-12 Herman H Felderhof, radio-announcer/head (NRU/NOS Radio), dies at 83
  • 1995-02-08 B G Hooghoudt, radiotelescope build (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70
  • 1995-07-01 Ronald Farrow, radio producer and priest, dies at 49
  • 1995-08-17 David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • 1995-08-19 Pierre Schaeffer, composer/radio innovator, dies at 85
  • 1996-07-05 Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer, dies at 91
  • 1996-07-17 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
  • 1997-01-21 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1997-02-02 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
  • 1997-05-29 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • 1998-11-19 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1999-01-25 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (b. 1924)
  • 1999-04-10 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice, radio and film actress (The Flintstones, The Jetsons), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • 1999-05-19 Candy Candido [Jonathan Joseph Candido], American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan, The Great Mouse Detective), dies at 85

Person of interestHedy Lamarr

2000-01-19 Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (Ecstasy, Samson & Delilah) and inventor (radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes), dies of heart failure at 86

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
  • 2000-02-04 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2001-08-29 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • 2003-12-19 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), dies of heart failure at 90
  • 2005-03-06 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • 2005-07-10 Freda Wright-Sorce, American radio performer (b. 1955)
  • 2007-03-01 Eddy Firestone, American radio, television, and film actor (Mixed Doubles), dies of respiratory and heart failure at 86
  • 2009-01-06 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), dies at 93
  • 2009-05-15 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, dies at 86
  • 2010-12-22 Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)
  • 2011-10-18 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, dies at 101
  • 2011-11-04 Andy Rooney, American radio and television writer (b. 1919)
  • 2012-08-06 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • 2013-12-15 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, dies at 92
  • 2016-06-12 Janet Waldo, American radio and actress (Judy Jetson, Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop), dies at 97
  • 2018-03-05 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, dies of Crohn's disease at 80