On This Day

Radio in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 547

  • 1932-10-23 "Fred Allen Show" premieres on radio
  • 1932-11-07 1st broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th century" on CBS-radio

Radio Premiere

1932-11-28 Groucho Marx performs on radio for the first time

  • 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

King 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

  • 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

Radio Premiere

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

  • 1933-12-26 FM radio patent granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong

Film Release

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)

  • 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

Radio Premiere

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

Radio Premiere

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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
  • 1937-01-25 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio
  • 1937-03-01 Governor Wouters innaugrates the radio station on the Dutch Antilles

Radio History

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" concert over NBC Radio

Radio History

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

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

Radio History

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

  • 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

Radio History

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

  • 1938-09-28 Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message "No war coming"

Panic 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

  • 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

Radio Premiere

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 the 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)

Radio History

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

  • 1941-05-16 1st US radio performance of Robert Russell Bennett''s "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1941-06-09 Archbishop De Young bans priests cooperating with Rijks radio
  • 1941-11-12 Radio stations WOV-AM & WNEW-AM in NYC swaps call letters
  • 1941-11-29 Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Japanese war fleet

Film Release

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

  • 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"

Radio History

1942-05-31 Avant-garde radio play "The City Wears A Slouch Hat" with music by John Cage and script by Kenneth Patchen broadcast in Chicago


1942-06-24 Village of Ležáky, Czechoslovakia destroyed by Nazis after Gestapo finds a radio transmitter believed to have been involved coordinating the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, 33 adults were executed by firing squad on site, and children were sent to concentration camp gas chambers, and the village was burned down and plowed under

  • 1942-08-09 CBS radio broadcasts the debut of wartime series "Our Secret Weapon"
  • 1942-09-18 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation authorized for radio service

Radio History

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

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

Radio Premiere

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

Radio Premiere

1943-03-25 Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore premiere on radio

Radio History

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

Radio Premiere

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

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