On This Day

Radio in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 547

  • 1924-04-12 WLS-AM in Chicago begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-04-15 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-04-16 1st radio-transmission of wireless: Mattheus Passion
  • 1924-06-10 1st political convention broadcast on radio-Republicans at Cleveland
  • 1924-06-14 WOKO-AM radio begins transmitting from Albany NY
  • 1924-06-15 1st transmission of radio Bloemendaal
  • 1924-06-21 NCRV, Dutch Christian Radio Society, forms
  • 1924-07-06 1st photo sent experimentally across Atlantic by radio, US-England
  • 1924-10-12 Sokolnicheskaya Radio begins broadcasting from Moscow
  • 1924-11-15 Dutch Christian Radio Society (NCRV) forms
  • 1924-11-30 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC)
  • 1924-12-13 KOA-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
  • 1924-12-24 1st radio transmission of NCRV in Netherlands
  • 1925-03-04 US President Coolidge's inauguration broadcast live on 21 radio stations
  • 1925-03-24 KSL-AM in Salt Lake City UT begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-03-31 WOWO-AM, Ft Wayne Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts)
  • 1925-04-01 1st transmission of Danish state radio
  • 1925-04-14 First regular-season Chicago Cubs game broadcast on radio (WGN) by caller Quin Ryan; Cubs beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-2
  • 1925-04-23 Pastor LH Perquin forms Union of Catholic Dutch Radio (KRO)
  • 1925-08-01 Shortwave-radio link between Kootwijk and Netherland East-Indies
  • 1925-08-12 KMA-AM in Shenandoah IA begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-08-20 WJR-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-10-05 WSM-AM in Nashville Tenn begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-10-30 KUT-AM in Austin TX begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-11-01 VARA, Vereniging van Workers Radio Amateurs forms in Amsterdam
  • 1925-11-24 1st radio-broadcast of Dutch KRO (Catholic Radio Broadcast)
  • 1925-11-28 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1926-04-12 Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms
  • 1926-04-20 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
  • 1926-07-15 VPRO (Free thinking Protestant Radio Broadcast) forms
  • 1926-09-09 National Broadcasting Company created by Radio Corporation of America
  • 1926-11-15 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
  • 1926-11-15 AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (NYC)
  • 1926-11-24 KVI-AM in Seattle WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-11-27 KXL-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-12-10 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)
  • 1926-12-16 WOW-AM in Omaha NE begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-12-17 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1926-12-23 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 1927-01-11 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC
  • 1927-02-04 KGA-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1927-02-18 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"

Radio History

1927-02-23 US President Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC)

  • 1927-12-10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1928-01-01 Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting (Neth)
  • 1928-01-30 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US
  • 1928-03-19 "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)
  • 1928-03-27 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-05-01 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • 1928-05-02 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-06-30 Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
  • 1928-07-27 AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
  • 1928-09-13 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-11-11 KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-11-11 WGL-AM in Ft Wayne IN begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-11-11 WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-11-11 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-11-20 WGH-AM in Newport News VA begins radio transmissions
  • 1928-12-23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network
  • 1929-01-07 French inventor Robert Bureau launches the 1st radiosonde - a battery-powered telemetry instrument carried into the atmosphere to measure various parameters and transmit them by radio to a ground receiver
  • 1929-01-08 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1929-01-09 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-01-18 "NY Daily Mirror" columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio
  • 1929-02-08 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-02-16 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-03-16 WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-03-22 KIT-AM in Yakima WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-04-11 KLO-AM in Ogden UT begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-05-09 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • 1929-07-04 AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down
  • 1929-09-02 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network
  • 1929-10-24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • 1929-11-20 First broadcast of "Goldbergs" on US radio
  • 1930-01-20 1st radio broadcast of "Lone Ranger" (WXYZ-Detroit)
  • 1930-01-23 WIS-AM (now WOMG) in Columbia SC begins radio transmissions
  • 1930-01-30 Russia launches their 1st radiosonde - a battery-powered telemetry instrument carried into the atmosphere to measure various parameters and transmit them by radio to a ground receiver- from Pavlovsk, USSR.
  • 1930-03-27 1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea

Academy Awards

1930-04-03 2nd Academy Awards: "The Broadway Melody", Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win. First time Academy Awards are broadcast on the radio.

  • 1930-06-24 1st detection of an airplane using reflected radio waves, a precursor to radar, by US Naval Research Laboratory engineers in Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
  • 1930-06-30 1st round-the-world radio broadcast Schenectady, NY
  • 1930-07-30 1st broadcast of "Death Valley Days" on NBC-radio
  • 1930-09-29 Lowell Thomas makes his debut on CBS Radio replacing Floyd Gibbons
  • 1930-09-29 NYC College offers 1st course in radio advertising
  • 1930-10-20 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio
  • 1931-02-12 Vatican Radio begins broadcasting with the callsign HVJ
  • 1931-04-06 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio
  • 1931-05-01 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running association with CBS radio, various programs continue until 1945
  • 1931-06-22 RVU, Radio-Volks-University, forms
  • 1931-07-03 German boxer Max Schmeling beats American Young Stribling by TKO in 15 in Cleveland in his first heavyweight title defence; first major fight broadcast live on national radio

Radio Premiere

1931-09-02 Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut

  • 1931-10-14 1st broadcast of Dutch Radio Peoples University
  • 1931-12-25 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
  • 1932-02-14 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuts on CBS radio, airing there until 1937, moving to NBC until 1949, and returning to CBS in 1949, before moving to television
  • 1932-03-24 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)

Radio Premiere

1932-03-29 Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program

  • 1932-04-29 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)

Radio Premiere

1932-05-02 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)

Radio Premiere

1932-10-19 Henry Ford gives his 1st radio speech


Famous Birthdays

  • 1939-05-26 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1939-06-07 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2016)
  • 1940-07-23 Don Imus, American radio disc jockey (WNBC), born in Riverside, California
  • 1942-05-22 Pallo Jordan, South African politician and ANC member, born in Kroonstad, Free State
  • 1942-09-17 Des Lynam, British TV and radio sportscaster, born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

1943-07-15 Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Irish astrophysicist (discovered radio pulsars), born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland

  • 1943-11-26 Paul Burnett, English radio disc jockey, born in Hulme, Manchester, England
  • 1945-12-29 Adje Roland, Dutch radio disc jockey, born in Rhenen, Netherlands
  • 1946-03-29 Ronald Farrow, radio producer and priest (d. 1995)
  • 1946-05-23 H. Paul Shuch, American scientist who coordinated radio amateurs to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, American poet and punk rock vocalist (Horses; "Because The Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947-09-04 Bob Jenkins, American television and radio sports announcer (IndyCar & NASCAR telecasts for ESPN/ABC, NBC Sports), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1950-11-03 Bob Neumeier, American sportscaster (WBZ-radio, TV Boston; NBC Sports), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • 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
  • 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, American 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
  • 1965-02-28 Markus Stenz, German conductor (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, 2012-19), born in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, West Germany
  • 1965-04-18 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey (Stenders Latevermaak & RobRadio), born in Oisterwijk, Netherlands
  • 1965-12-21 Andy Dick, American actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1968-04-15 Ed O'Brien, British musician and songwriter (Radiohead - OK Computer), born in Oxford, England
  • 1968-10-07 Thom Yorke, British musician and singer (Radiohead - "Creep"; "Paranoid Android"), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
  • 1971-11-05 Jonny Greenwood, English guitarist, keyboard player (Radiohead), and film score composer (There Will Be Blood), born in Oxford, England
  • 1974-01-18 Michael Tunn, Australian radio announcer & television presenter, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1974-03-28 Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
  • 1975-08-31 Daniel Harding, British conductor (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, 2007 to present), born in Oxford, England
  • 1977-12-14 Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Colombian-Austrian conductor (Houston Symphony, 2014-22; Frankfurt Radio Symphony, 2005-2021), born in Medellín, Colombia

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

  • 2016-02-26 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, dies at 76
  • 2016-06-12 Janet Waldo, American radio and actress (Judy Jetson, Shazzan, Penelope Pitstop), dies at 97
  • 2018-02-01 Patricia Lindop, British radiobiologist & physician, dies at 87
  • 2018-03-05 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, dies of Crohn's disease at 80
  • 2018-06-16 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), dies at 87
  • 2019-03-08 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, dies at 91
  • 2021-08-09 Bob Jenkins, American television and radio sports announcer (IndyCar & NASCAR telecasts ESPN/ABC, NBC Sports), dies from brain cancer at 73
  • 2021-10-23 Bob Neumeier, American sportscaster (WBZ-radio, TV Boston; NBC Sports), dies from heart disease at 70