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.

Historic Invention

1896-06-02 Italian engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi applies for the first ever patent for a system of wireless telegraphy in the United Kingdom

  • 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 advertisement 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 demonstrates 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 Fessenden becoomes 1st to broadcast music over radio (disputed)
  • 1907-03-05 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
  • 1907-12-16 Eugenia Farrar is the 1st to sing over a wireless radio broadcast, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York
  • 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 during CQD distress code by the British Royal Mail steamship Republic off Nantucket Island
  • 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 sent by U.S. naval radio station at Arlington, Virginia. to naval radio station at Mare Island, San Francisco
  • 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 8MK (now WWJ, 950AM) is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 1920-09-29 Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10
  • 1920-10-27 Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA is granted a Limited Commercial license by the Department of Commerce
  • 1920-11-02 Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins broadcasting, with presidential and local election returns
  • 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, Yankees 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 of Interest

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

  • 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

Radio Premiere

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

  • 1922-08-14 1st "old time" musicians radio broadcast (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

Radio Premiere

1923-06-06 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports journalist reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

  • 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)

Radio Premiere

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

  • 1849-11-29 John Ambrose Fleming, English electrical engineer, physicist and inventor (vaccum diode- 1st electronic rectifier of radio waves), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1945)
  • 1851-06-12 Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist, early radio pioneer, born in Penkhull, England (d. 1940)
  • 1857-02-22 Heinrich Hertz, German physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves, born in Hamburg, German Confederation (d. 1894)
  • 1865-06-15 L H Perquin, Dutch religious radio speaker
  • 1869-11-23 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1873-08-26 Lee De Forest, American inventor (Audion vacuum (radio) tube), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (d. 1961)

Guglielmo Marconi

1874-04-25 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor and electrical engineer who pioneered work on long distance radio transmission (Nobel 1909), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1937)

  • 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)
  • 1882-04-08 Lulu McConnell, American vaudeville, radio, and television comedienne (It Pays To Be Ignorant), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1962)
  • 1882-11-13 John Lowry, American NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1884-08-07 (Mary) "Billie" Burke, American radio, stage, silent and sound film actress (Zieigfield Follies; The Wizard of Oz; Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1884-09-22 Minerva Urecal [Dunnock], American stage, radio, and screen character actress (Accent on Love; The Adventures of Tugboat Annie; Peter Gunn; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao), born in Eureka, California (d. 1966)
  • 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
  • 1890-09-17 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator famous for his WWII sign-on "There's good news tonight", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1890-12-18 Edwin Howard Armstrong, American radio pioneer inventor (FM), born in NYC, New York (d. 1954)
  • 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 (Marcus) "Max" Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, born in Amsterdam (d. 1967)

Robert Watson-Watt

1892-04-13 Robert 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, American comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1956)
  • 1896-11-16 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1897-04-16 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), born in NYC, New York
  • 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
  • 1898-09-04 Charlie Cantor, American radio and television actor (The Fred Allen Show - "Socrates Mulligan"; The Jack Benny Program -"Logan Jerkfinkel"), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1966)
  • 1898-10-14 Maurice Martenot, French cellist, WWI radio telegrapher, and instrument inventor (ondes Martenot), born in Paris, France (d. 1980)
  • 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, Canadian radio pioneer, born in St Thomas, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1900-06-28 Alan Bunce, American radio and television actor (Homicidal, Ethel & Albert), born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1900-09-01 Don Wilson, American radio and TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • 1902-10-15 William Edmonson, American bass harmony and gospel vocalist (Southernaires), radio, stage and screen actor (Thirty Years Later), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1979)
  • 1902-11-01 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra, 1934-49; Bavarian Radio Symphony, 1949-61), born in Babenhausen, Augsburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1902-11-21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Toronto, Ontario (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)
  • 1904-11-14 Dick Powell, American singer, radio and screen actor (Cry Danger; Dick Powell Theater), producer and director (The Enemy Below), born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1963)
  • 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
  • 1906-10-14 Russell Thorson, American radio and television actor (One Man's Family; The Detectives), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (d. 1982)
  • 1907-02-16 Fernando Previtali, Italian composer and conductor (Rome Radio Symphony), born in Adria, Veneto (d. 1985)
  • 1907-06-23 Eddie Pola [Sidney Edward Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1908-04-28 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1908-12-21 Pat Weaver, American radio advertising executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 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 radio broadcaster, sound engineer, and inventor ("Sig Alert" for traffic and emergency notices), born in Stigler, Oklahoma (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)
  • 1910-06-16 Ilona Massey [Hajmássy], Hungarian-American film, stage, and radio actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1974)
  • 1911-12-22 Grote Reber, American radio astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope), born in Wheaton, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1912-01-22 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), born in Bangor, Wales (d. 1956)
  • 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 Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank Observatory, born in Oldland Common, Bristol (d. 2012)
  • 1913-09-26 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, born in Zittau, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1913-12-25 Jonathan "Candy" Candido, American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan; The Great Mouse Detective), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1913-12-30 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer and choral director (Danish Radio Choir, 1949-79), born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark (d. 1998)

Hedy 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)

  • 1915-01-14 Mark Goodson, American radio and TV game show producer, with Bill Todman ("I've Got A Secret"; "The Price Is Right"; "Password"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1992)
  • 1916-04-26 Vic Perrin, American radio and television actor (Dragnet), and screenwriter (Gunsmoke), born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • 1916-07-02 Barry Gray [Bernard Yaroslaw], American radio personality and interviewer (started call-in radio), born in Red Lion, New Jersey (d. 1996)

Peter Finch

1916-09-28 Peter Finch, British-Australian radio, stage, and BAFTA and Academy Award-winning screen actor (Network; The Nun's Story; Raid on Entebbe), born in South Kensington, London, England (d. 1977)

  • 1916-10-13 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 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)
  • 1918-01-27 (Lyle) "Skitch" Henderson, British-American pianist and orchestra leader (NBC Radio; NBC Television; New York Pops), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2005)
  • 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, born in Hartford, Connecticut (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
  • 1922-01-15 Thelma Carpenter, American radio and jazz band singer (Coleman Hawkins; Count Basie), and stage and screen actress (Barefoot In The Park), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1923-05-04 Eric Sykes, British radio, stage and television comedy writer, actor and director (Goon Show; Sykes and A...), born in Oldham, Lancahsire, England (d. 2012)
  • 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)
  • 1927-07-20 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1927-09-25 Sir Colin Davis, British conductor (Covent Garden, 1970-85; Bavarian Radio Symphony, 1983-93; London Symphony, 1995-2006), born in Weybridge, Surrey (d. 2013)
  • 1930-06-21 Patricia Lindop, British radiobiologist and physician, born in Brentford, Middlesex (d. 2018)
  • 1930-08-19 David G. Compton, British sci-fi author (Synthajoy, Radio Plays), born in London, England
  • 1930-08-23 Jack Bannister, English cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)
  • 1930-12-29 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1931-05-04 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), born in Moscow, Russia, USSR (d. 2018)
  • 1933-06-20 Danny Aiello, American stage and screen actor (Moonstruck; Do the Right Thing; Broadway Danny Rose), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 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 & radio astronomer (1978 Nobel laureate), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936-05-12 Tom Snyder, American television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1937-05-13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)
  • 1938-01-30 Marcel van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)

Famous Weddings

Lee Marvin

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

  • 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)

Guglielmo Marconi

1937-07-20 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor and electrical engineer who pioneered work on long distance radio transmission (Nobel 1909), dies of a heart attack at 63

  • 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
  • 1942-07-23 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, dies at 72
  • 1943-01-23 Alexander Woollcott, American drama critic (The New Yorker), 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, Dutch 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, American comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • 1956-10-18 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44
  • 1959-09-29 Harold Huber [Huberman], American radio, stage, a,d screen actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • 1961-04-07 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • 1962-10-09 Lulu McConnell, American vaudeville, radio, and television comedienne (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • 1965-04-27 Alan Bunce, American radio & television actor (Homicidal, Ethel & Albert), dies at 64
  • 1966-02-26 Minerva Urecal [Dunnock], American stage, radio, and screen character actress (Accent on Love; The Adventures of Tugboat Annie; Peter Gunn; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1966-09-11 Charlie Cantor, American radio and television actor (The Fred Allen Show - "Socrates Mulligan"; The Jack Benny Program -"Logan Jerkfinkel"), dies at 68
  • 1967-08-07 Max Branch, music/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • 1967-08-07 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, dies at 75
  • 1967-08-31 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), dies of lymphoma at 59
  • 1970-05-14 (Mary) "Billie" Burke, American radio, stage, silent and sound film actress (Zieigfield Follies; The Wizard of Oz; Merrily We Live), dies at 85
  • 1971-12-12 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • 1972-03-30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator famous for his WWII sign-on "There's good news tonight", dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 1973-06-18 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84

Robert Watson-Watt

1973-12-05 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, dies at 81

  • 1974-08-20 Ilona Massey [Hajmássy], Hungarian-American film, stage, and radio actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1975-01-03 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), dies of a heart attack at 87
  • 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

Peter Finch

1977-01-14 Peter Finch, British-Australian radio, stage, and BAFTA and Academy Award-winning screen actor (Network; The Nun's Story; Raid on Entebbe), dies of a heart attack at 60

  • 1977-11-29 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), dies at 78
  • 1979-05-28 William Edmonson, American bass harmony and gospel vocalist (Southernaires), radio, stage and screen actor (Thirty Years Later), dies at 76
  • 1980-08-23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • 1980-10-08 Maurice Martenot, French cellist, WWI radio telegrapher, and instrument inventor (ondes Martenot), dies at 81
  • 1981-08-27 Joan Edwards, American pop singer on radio (Your Hit Parade) and television (Joan Edwards Show), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1982-04-25 Don Wilson, American radio and TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), dies at 81
  • 1982-07-06 Russell Thorson, American radio and television actor (One Man's Family; The Detectives), dies at 72
  • 1982-09-12 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), dies at 89
  • 1983-07-30 Lynn Fontanne, British Emmy Award-winning stage, screen, and radio actress, dies of pneumonia at 95
  • 1984-10-14 Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)
  • 1984-12-07 Jeanne Cagney, American stage, screen, and radio actress (Lion is in the Streets; Quicksand; Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1985-04-21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), dies at 82
  • 1986-01-25 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, dies at 72
  • 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 blood 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
  • 1989-09-17 Jay Stewart, American TV and Radio announcer (Let's Make a Deal), commits suicide at 71 by shooting himself in the carport of his home
  • 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
  • 1992-12-18 Mark Goodson, American radio and TV game show producer, with Bill Todman ("I've Got A Secret"; "The Price Is Right"; "Password"), dies of pancreatic cancerat 77
  • 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
  • 1994-08-03 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, Dutch radiotelescope builder (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70
  • 1995-07-01 Ronald Farrow, radio producer and priest, dies at 49
  • 1995-08-17 David Warrilow, English actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • 1995-08-19 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, dies at 85
  • 1995-11-03 Eddie Pola [Sidney Edward Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), dies at 88
  • 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
  • 1997-05-14 Thelma Carpenter, American radio and jazz band singer (Coleman Hawkins; Count Basie) and stage and screen actress (Barefoot In The Park), dies of cardiac arrest at 76
  • 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 Jonathan "Candy" Candido, American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan; The Great Mouse Detective), dies at 85

Hedy 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

  • 2000-02-04 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer, dies at 80
  • 2001-04-21 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), dies at 84
  • 2001-08-29 (Graeme) "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks - "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word";"Jukebox in Siberia"), TV host (Shirl's Neighbourhood), and carpenter (Our House), dies as pilot in a helicopter crash at 49
  • 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)
  • 2005-11-01 (Lyle) "Skitch" Henderson, British-American pianist and orchestra leader (NBC Radio; NBC Television; New York Pops), dies at 87
  • 2007-03-01 Eddy Firestone, American radio, television, and film actor (Mixed Doubles), dies of respiratory and heart failure at 86
  • 2007-07-29 Tom Snyder, American television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), dies of complications from leukemia at 71
  • 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)

Donna Summer

2012-05-17 Donna Summer [LaDonna Gaines], American disco and pop singer-songwriter ("Love to Love You, Baby"; "On The Radio"; "Last Dance"), dies from lung cancer at 63

  • 2012-07-04 Eric Sykes, British radio, stage and television comedy writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • 2012-08-06 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • 2013-04-14 Sir Colin Davis, British conductor (Covent Garden, 1970-85; Bavarian Radio Symphony, 1983-93; London Symphony, 1995-2006), dies at 85
  • 2013-12-15 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, dies at 92
  • 2016-01-23 Jack Bannister, English cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), dies at 85