Radio in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 535

  • 1932-12-27 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City
  • 1933-01-30 "Lone Ranger" begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
  • 1933-03-02 "King Kong", directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC
  • 1933-03-18 Radio Clube de Mocambique's 1st radio transmission
  • 1933-04-22 Dutch government forbids leftwing radio address
  • 1933-04-27 Karl Jansky reports reception of cosmic radio signal in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933-07-10 1st police radio system operated, Eastchester Township, NY

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1933-07-25 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1933-12-26 FM radio patent granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong

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1934-02-22 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Actor Clark Gable
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actress Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
  • 1934-03-31 Netherlands Indies BC Ltd begins radio transmission (Indonesia)
  • 1934-10-14 "Lux Radio Theatre" premieres
  • 1934-10-17 "The Aldrich Family" premieres on radio

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1935-01-04 Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue"

Entertainer Bob Hope
Bob Hope

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1935-02-26 RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt
  • 1935-03-24 Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network
  • 1935-04-01 1st radio tube made of metal announced, Schenectady, NY
  • 1935-04-16 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee & Molly"
  • 1935-07-05 1st "Hawaii Calls" radio program is broadcast
  • 1935-07-20 1st broadcast of "Gang Busters" on NBC-radio

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1935-12-10 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Irene Joliot-Curie (daughter of Marie Curie) and her husband Frédéric Joliot for the discovery of artificial radioactivity

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • 1936-01-31 "Green Hornet" radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit

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1936-03-23 Physician Joseph G. Hamilton injects a leukemia patient with a sodium radioisotope, first intravenous injection of a human with a radioisotope

  • 1936-03-26 1st parliamentary debate on NZ radio
  • 1936-06-01 "Lux Radio Theater" moved from NYC to Hollywood
  • 1936-06-12 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 1936-07-01 AVRO radio broadcast studios in Hilversum opens
  • 1936-09-28 Bachelor's Children debuts on CBS radio (at 9:45 am)
  • 1936-09-29 Radio used for 1st time for a presidential campaign
  • 1936-10-11 "Professor Quiz" first radio quiz show premieres
  • 1936-11-17 Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio

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1936-12-11 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • 1937-01-25 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio
  • 1937-03-01 Governor Wouters innaugrates the radio station on the Dutch Antilles
  • 1937-03-14 Battle of the Century: Fred Allen & Jack Benny meet on radio during their "feud"
  • 1937-08-18 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA)
  • 1937-11-13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • 1937-12-25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio

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1937-12-27 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • 1938-03-13 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.

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1938-03-26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1938-05-17 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • 1938-07-26 1st radio broadcast of "Young Widder Brown" on NBC
  • 1938-07-31 NY Yanks suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he'd "hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club"
  • 1938-09-28 Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"

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1938-10-30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

Author H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 1938-11-20 1st documented anti-semitic remarks over US radio (by Father Coughlin)
  • 1938-12-07 W9XZY broadcasts facsimile of St Louis Post-Dispatch by radio

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1938-12-10 Italian scientist Enrico Fermi receives the Nobel Prize for Physics (work on reduced radioactivity)

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi
  • 1939-08-06 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio
  • 1939-08-31 Staged "Polish" assault on radio station in Gleiwitz

  • 1939-09-07 Radio NY Worldwide-WRUL begins radio transmission
  • 1939-09-28 Final broadcast of The Fleischmann Hour was heard on radio
  • 1939-12-20 Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service
  • 1940-01-05 FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • 1940-01-22 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • 1940-03-23 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
  • 1940-04-21 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
  • 1940-04-29 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
  • 1940-06-28 "Quiz Kids?" premieres on radio
  • 1940-07-28 Radio Orange begins broadcasting from London
  • 1940-09-29 "Double or Nothing", a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net
  • 1940-12-08 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
  • 1941-02-08 NSB'er Max Blokzijl begins nazi propaganda on Dutch radio
  • 1941-03-01 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1941-03-29 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • 1941-05-10 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
  • 1941-05-16 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1941-06-09 Archbishop De Young bans priests cooperating with Rijks radio
  • 1941-11-29 Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet

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1942-02-05 "Woman of the Year" film directed by George Stevens, starring Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy opens at Radio City

  • 1942-02-26 Radio Orange calls for March 1 day of prayer in Dutch Indies
  • 1942-02-27 J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun
  • 1942-05-01 Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star"
  • 1942-08-09 CBS radio broadcasts the debut of "Our Secret Weapon."
  • 1942-09-18 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation authorized for radio service

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1942-10-08 Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • 1942-11-05 Pro-British Clandestine Radio Diego Suarez's final transmission
  • 1943-02-05 Clandestine Radio Atlantiksender, Germany, 1st transmission

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1943-02-06 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1943-03-25 Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore premiere on radio

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1943-03-27 Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
  • 1943-05-13 German occupiers attempt to confiscate all radios in the Netherlands

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1943-05-25 Agnes Moorehead appears in "Sorry, Wrong Number" on the radio program "Suspense", her most successful appearance

  • 1943-05-31 "Archie" comic strip 1st broadcast on radio
  • 1943-10-24 Anti-nazi Clandestine Radio Soldatsender Calais begins transmitting
  • 1944-08-13 Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio
  • 1944-10-03 1st broadcast of Radio Herrijzend Netherland
  • 1944-10-08 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio
  • 1945-01-02 Radio Orange ends cooperation at Liese-Aktion
  • 1945-04-30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio
  • 1945-05-01 Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II
  • 1945-05-05 Premier Gerbrandy on Radio Orange tells Dutch they are liberated
  • 1945-08-15 Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • 1945-10-05 "Meet the Press" premieres on radio
  • 1945-11-06 House Committee on Un-American Activities begins investigation of 7 radio commentators
  • 1946-06-26 Fred Allen's last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny
  • 1946-06-28 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleve Indians games begins
  • 1946-09-29 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio
  • 1946-11-01 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC

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