Radio in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 531

  • 1932-12-02 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network
  • 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

Film PremierKing Kong Premieres

1933-03-02 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

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Poster for the 1933 film
Poster for the 1933 film "King Kong", the first in a series of movies about the giant gorilla
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  • 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

Music concertMusic Concert

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
Actor
Clark Gable
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actress Claudette Colbert
Actress
Claudette Colbert
  • 1934-03-31 Netherlands Indies BC Ltd begins radio transmission (Indonesia)
  • 1934-06-30 Detroit radio executive George Richards pays $7,952.08 to buy NFL's Portsmouth Spartans; moves team to Detroit and rebrands it to 'Lions'
  • 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 and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1935-02-12 First secret demonstration of radio signals detecting aircraft by Robert Watson-Watt at Daventry, England

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

King Abdicates for Love of Wallis SimpsonKing Abdicates for Love of Wallis Simpson

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

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Caught off-guard: the Windsors hear a sad dog tale. Photographer: Richard Avedon. National Portrait Gallery, London
Caught off-guard: the Windsors hear a sad dog tale. Photographer: Richard Avedon. National Portrait Gallery, London
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  • 1937-01-25 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio
  • 1937-03-01 Governor Wouters innaugrates the radio station on the Dutch Antilles

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1937-03-14 Battle of the Century: Fred Allen & Jack Benny meet on radio during their "feud"

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

Music concertMusic Concert

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

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1938-07-31 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspends New York Yankees outfielder Jake Powell after he said on Chicago radio he kept in shape by "cracking" African Americans over the head with his nightstick

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • 1938-09-28 Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"

Panic Over War of the WorldsPanic Over War of the Worlds

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

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Orson Welles at the microphone and how the New York Times reacted to the broadcast
Orson Welles at the microphone and how the New York Times reacted to the broadcast
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  • 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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1939-08-06 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • 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 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 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)

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1941-05-10 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • 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
Comedian and Actor Bud Abbott
Comedian and Actor
Bud Abbott
  • 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

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

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
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

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1945-04-30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • 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 Cleveland Indians games begins
  • 1946-09-29 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio

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