Radio Broadcasters in History

Historical Events

  • 1939-09-19 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) becomes radio host of Reichsrundfunk Berlin
  • 1953-12-25 KNEV (95.5 The Vibe) radio broadcaster in Reno, Nevada begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-02-24 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 1989-05-26 American radio broadcasters go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42 am to honor the radio industry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-12-07 Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Famous Birthdays

  • 1874-06-14 Edward Bowes, American radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1886-03-08 Anton Portielje, Dutch radio host and zoo director (Artis), born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1891-10-25 Father Coughlin, Canadian-American Roman Catholic priest and pro-Fascist radio broadcaster, born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 1979)
  • 1899-01-15 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1899-05-08 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1899-06-25 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), born in Kamenetz-Podolsky, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1899-11-16 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1905-01-27 Luther Diamond, radio personality
  • 1906-06-18 Kay Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1908-06-27 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1908-12-20 Norman Hackforth, British musician and radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), born in Bihar, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1910-05-22 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), born in Windom, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1913-01-30 Percy Thrower, English radio host, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1988)
  • 1916-07-02 Barry Gray [Bernard Yaroslaw], American radio personality and interviewer (started call-in radio), born in Red Lion, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1917-04-30 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), born in The Bronx, Yew York (d. 2017)

Person of interestPaul Harvey

1918-09-04 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and radio broadcaster (Rest of the story), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2009)

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 1922-09-07 Lucien Jarraud, Canadian radio host, born in Paris (d. 2007)
  • 1923-05-09 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (d. 2008)
  • 1924-03-03 Ali Faik Zaghloul, Egyptian radio presenter (d. 1995)
  • 1924-04-24 Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1924-05-23 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • 1924-06-28 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist and VARA radio host, born in Hamburg (d. 1989)
  • 1925-07-07 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (d. 2008)
  • 1926-01-26 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1926-03-09 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1927-07-06 Alan Leslie "Fluff" Freeman, Australian-born British disc jockey and radio personality (Pick of the Pops), born in New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1927-09-11 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, born in Kurana, Sri Lanka (d. 2002)
  • 1927-10-22 Ray Stern, mother of radio personality Howard Stern
  • 1929-04-20 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), born in Ludlow, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • 1930-05-10 June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)
  • 1930-11-30 G[eorge] Gordon Liddy, Watergate felon and radio host, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931-09-02 Pierre Huyskens, Dutch radio host

Person of interestCasey Kasem

1932-04-27 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • 1933-03-22 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1935-08-08 John Laws, Australia radio personality
  • 1938-05-06 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), born in Dublin
  • 1938-08-18 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)
  • 1940-05-07 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • 1941-08-30 Sue MacGregor, BBC 4 radio broadcaster (Woman's Hour), born in Oxford, England
  • 1942-02-24 Paul Jones, English singer (Mighty Quinn-Manfred Mann) and radio presenter (The Blues Show), born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1942-03-31 Michael Savage [Michael A Wiener], American talk radio host and commentator, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942-08-07 Garrison Keillor, American voice actor, humorist and radio personality (A Prairie Home Companion), born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • 1943-12-21 André Arthur, Canadian radio host & politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1944-08-19 Buzz Kilman, Chicago radio personality
  • 1945-04-06 Neal Boortz, American radio host (The Neal Boortz Show), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-08-28 Bob Segarini, American musician and radio personality, born in Stockton, California
  • 1945-09-30 Bob Lassiter, American radio personality
  • 1946-04-11 Bob Harris, English radio presenter (The Old Grey Whistle Test, Time Out), born in Northampton, England
  • 1946-08-14 Marga van Praag, Dutch radio hostess, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1946-08-22 Felix Meurders, Dutch radio host, born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 1946-12-17 Simon Bates, British disk jockey and radio presenter (BBC Radio 1, Classic FM), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947-12-15 Rodney Bingenheimer, American disc jockey, born in Mountain View, California
  • 1948-01-29 Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter & radio host
  • 1948-03-18 Lockwood Phillips, American radio host
  • 1948-03-28 Gerry House, American radio personality (Gerry House and the House Foundation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1949-03-07 Rex Hunt, Australian TV and radio personality and former Australian rules player, born in Mentone, Australia
  • 1949-07-10 Greg Kihn, American pop musician and radio personality, born in Baltimore, Maryland

Person of interestRush Limbaugh

1951-01-12 Rush Limbaugh, American right wing radio personality, born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh
  • 1952-06-13 Tony Bruno, American sports talk radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-10-22 Roy Ristie, Suriname/Neth radio host (Apintie, Kankantrie)

Person of interestHoward Stern

1954-01-12 Howard Stern, American radio personality & "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK), born in Queens, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1954-03-26 Curtis Sliwa, founder (Guardian Angels)/radio personality (WABC)
  • 1954-05-25 Alison Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1954-09-27 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • 1954-10-12 Tom Blomberg, Dutch radio host and producer (Evening Rush Hour), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1955-04-05 Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England
  • 1955-04-23 Mike Smith, English TV and radio presenter, born in Romford, Essex (d. 2014)
  • 1956-08-01 Tom Leykis, American radio personality (The Tom Leykis Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1957-01-17 Steve Harvey, American actor, comedian and radio personality, born in Welch, West Virginia
  • 1958-05-03 Sandi Toksvig, Danish-British comedian and radio presenter (The Great British Baking Show), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1958-08-27 Normand Brathwaite, Canadian comedian and television and radio host
  • 1958-09-18 Don Geronimo, American radio personality (Don and Mike Show)
  • 1959-01-28 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality
  • 1960-02-18 Carol McGiffin, British TV & radio presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1963-02-12 Ed Lover, US radio personality, born in Hollis, New York
  • 1963-05-08 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • 1964-07-18 Wendy Williams, American TV and radio host (The Wendy Williams Show), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • 1964-08-04 Gary King, British radio presenter
  • 1964-11-17 Ralph Garman, American actor and radio personality
  • 1965-09-27 Alexis Stewart, American radio personality, born in New York City
  • 1966-06-21 Mancow Muller, American radio personality
  • 1967-03-21 Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter
  • 1967-06-14 Kelly Nash, American radio personality
  • 1968-10-02 Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
  • 1970-04-30 Ken Stanton, American Radio Personality
  • 1970-11-23 Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter, born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • 1970-12-14 Toby Anstis, British radio and TV presenter, born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
  • 1971-06-16 Daliah Wachs "Dr. Daliah", Los Angeles Ca., radio host
  • 1971-07-21 Nuno Markl, Portuguese comedian and radio host
  • 1971-08-25 Quintis "Chico" Ristie, Suriname radio host
  • 1972-03-09 Spencer Howson, Australian radio broadcaster, born in England
  • 1972-09-23 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • 1972-11-09 Doug Russell, American radio personality, born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1972-12-22 Big Tigger [Darian Morgan], American television host & radio personality, born in Co-op City, New York
  • 1973-04-01 Rachel Maddow, American radio personality and political analyst
  • 1973-04-20 Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter (Geoff Lloyd with Annabel Port), born in Withington, Lancashire, England
  • 1974-02-11 Alex Jones [Emeric], American radio host & conspiracy theorist (InfoWars, PrisonPlanet), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1974-02-13 Jeff Duran, US radio personality, born in Arcadia, California
  • 1974-04-24 Comedy Dave [David Lloyd Vitty], British radio personality, born in Hong Kong
  • 1974-04-26 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network), born in Birmingham, England

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1940-06-04 Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey

LoveWedding of Interest

1994-05-27 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh weds wife #3, Marta Fitzgerald

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh

LoveWedding of Interest

1997-09-05 TV and radio host Larry King (64) weds singer Shawn Southwick (38) at the hospital room in Los Angeles, California

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 2005-11-02 Irish TV and radio presenter Sile Seoige (26) weds Glen Mulcahy at St. Brendan's Church in County Offaly

LoveWedding of Interest

2008-10-03 Radio personality Howard Stern (54) weds actress Beth Ostrosky (36) in Manhattan, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 2011-04-20 "Hollywood Confidential" radio host Leeza Gibbons (54) weds Steven Fenton (41) at the rooftop of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills
  • 2017-03-03 Bachelorette TV personality Ali Fedotowsky (32) weds TV and radio host Kevin Manno (33) at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1946-06-13 Edward Bowes, American radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), dies at 71
  • 1959-11-18 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1975-12-01 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • 1978-12-16 Blanche Calloway, American singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • 1979-04-20 Peter Donald, British-born American actor and radio host dubbed "one of radio's great dialecticians" (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • 1979-10-27 Father Charles Coughlin, Canadian-American Roman Catholic priest and pro-Fascist radio broadcaster, dies at 88
  • 1981-01-07 Alvar Lidell, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1908)
  • 1982-03-24 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), dies at 83
  • 1985-10-12 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), dies at 75
  • 1987-02-24 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1989-03-01 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist and VARA radio host, dies at 64
  • 1989-11-24 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio host, dies at 85
  • 1992-08-18 Gerard Sonder, Dutch radio host (AVRO), dies
  • 1993-03-08 Johan Bodegraven, radio host (Purses Open, Dikes Closed), dies at 78
  • 1994-03-22 Luther Diamond, radio Personality, dies at 89
  • 1995-08-16 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), dies at 62
  • 1995-10-13 Ali Faik Zaghloul, Egyptian radio presenter, dies at 71
  • 1996-04-29 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), dies at 87
  • 1996-12-21 Barry Gray [Bernard Yaroslaw], American radio personality and interviewer (started call-in radio), dies at 80
  • 1997-08-05 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1997-10-09 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), dies at 98
  • 2000-02-08 Bob Collins, American radio broadcaster (b.1942)
  • 2001-01-15 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), dies at 71
  • 2001-02-21 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), dies at 75
  • 2001-09-04 Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, American radio personality (b. 1962)
  • 2002-09-23 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75
  • 2004-01-28 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • 2004-06-02 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster, dies at 95
  • 2004-11-20 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • 2004-11-23 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • 2004-12-09 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • 2005-02-06 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)
  • 2006-11-23 Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2006-12-18 Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 2007-07-12 Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
  • 2007-08-18 Lucien Jarraud, Canadian radio host, dies at 84
  • 2007-12-29 Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2008-01-09 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • 2008-03-12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • 2008-03-26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • 2008-04-30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 2008-08-03 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)

Person of interestPaul Harvey

2009-02-28 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and radio broadcaster (Rest of the story), dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 2010-03-17 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • 2010-04-30 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)
  • 2011-03-19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)

Person of interestCasey Kasem

2014-06-15 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40) and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • 2015-01-24 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88
  • 2017-02-01 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • 2017-08-19 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), dies at 100
  • 2017-12-15 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and TV/ radio presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), dies from heart failure at 89
  • 2017-12-18 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), commits suicide at 27
  • 2018-01-15 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), dies of cancer at 79