On This Day

Radio in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 547

  • 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

Radio History

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
  • 1946-11-01 WABC becomes WCBS radio in NYC
  • 1946-11-01 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1947-02-10 Netherlands Radio Union forms
  • 1947-02-19 CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
  • 1947-04-15 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
  • 1947-10-20 Radio rights for the Baseball World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years

Radio Premiere

1947-10-27 "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio

  • 1948-02-06 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
  • 1949-01-17 Radio series "The Goldbergs" by Gertrude Berg premieres on US TV on CBS
  • 1949-11-04 "One Man's Family" premieres on TV in the US, after running as a radio show since 1932
  • 1950-07-04 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • 1950-07-10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC-TV (later CBS), after being broadcast on radio from 1935

Film Premiere

1950-08-10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder, and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • 1950-09-30 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcast on TV for 1st time

Radio Premiere

1950-12-03 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

  • 1951-01-29 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • 1951-01-30 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
  • 1951-02-06 Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago
  • 1951-02-18 Netherlands Radio School forms

Radio Premiere

1951-05-28 Radio programme "Crazy People" (later titled The Goon Show) premieres on the BBC, created by Spike Milligan

  • 1951-06-22 Gene Rayburn & Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio
  • 1951-07-02 "Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio
  • 1951-07-02 Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system
  • 1952-05-02 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • 1952-06-30 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
  • 1953-06-11 "Amos 'n Andy" TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
  • 1953-10-13 Burglar alarm-ultrasonic or radio waves patented by Samuel Bagno
  • 1954-01-20 The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • 1954-09-06 WINS radio station in NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
  • 1954-09-08 Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • 1954-10-18 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • 1954-10-18 Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
  • 1954-12-26 "The Shadow" airs for last time on radio

TV Show Appearance

1955-03-03 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

  • 1955-03-04 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent

Radio History

1955-03-17 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

  • 1955-06-12 Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network
  • 1955-08-07 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan

Radio History

1955-08-19 WINS radio (New York City), announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B records (DJ's play Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame," not Pat Boone's)

  • 1956-03-01 The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • 1956-04-16 1st solar powered radios go on sale

Radio History

1956-12-18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankees radio-TV announcer

Radio Premiere

1957-01-13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

  • 1957-04-04 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris

Radio Premiere

1957-05-01 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast

  • 1957-05-27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format
  • 1957-08-05 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions

Catholic Encyclical

1957-09-08 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical on motion pictures, radio and television

  • 1958-03-20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • 1958-03-20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • 1958-06-02 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • 1958-06-17 Radio Moscow reports execution of Hungarian ex-premier Imre Nagy
  • 1958-08-21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions

Historic Communication

1958-12-19 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere"

  • 1959-03-06 Farthest radio signal heard (Pioneer IV, 400,000 miles)
  • 1960-04-04 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
  • 1960-05-19 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
  • 1960-05-23 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)

Radio Premiere

1960-10-03 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke

  • 1960-10-11 Radio/TV executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of Detroit Tigers
  • 1960-11-25 "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio
  • 1960-11-25 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series
  • 1960-11-27 CBS radio cancels "Have Gun Will Travel"
  • 1960-11-28 CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes
  • 1961-06-18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke

Radio Premiere

1961-09-04 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio

  • 1961-12-12 Amateur radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36
  • 1962-05-28 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio
  • 1962-06-01 Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) launched into Earth orbit
  • 1962-08-05 1st quasar located by radio
  • 1962-10-01 US National Radio Astronomy Observatory installs a 300' (91m) radio telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia
  • 1962-10-28 Radio Moscow reports nuclear missiles in Cuba deactivated
  • 1962-11-01 USSR launches Mars 1; radio contact lost before arrival at Mars
  • 1963-08-08 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • 1963-09-28 NYC DJ "Murray The K" plays The Beatles "She Loves You" on the radio
  • 1963-12-31 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
  • 1964-08-13 1st broadcast by Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • 1964-10-01 1st official broadcast of Trans World Radio on Bonaire
  • 1964-11-16 Radio CJCX Sydney Nova Scotia (Canada) starts shortwave transmission
  • 1965-01-27 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
  • 1965-04-19 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating
  • 1965-05-03 Don Steele, begins a 40+ year radio career at KRTH (Los Angeles California)
  • 1965-11-19 ABC radio begins weekly "Vietnam Update" report
  • 1965-12-22 Radio Mil (Domincan Republic) transmitter blown up
  • 1966-02-05 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • 1966-05-01 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • 1966-06-01 Shortwave station Radio NY Worldwide changes calls from WRUL to WNYW
  • 1966-08-02 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • 1966-08-15 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission
  • 1966-11-30 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland
  • 1966-12-01 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland to Boulder, Colorado
  • 1967-04-07 Tom Donahue, San Francisco DJ begins new radio format - Progressive (KMPX-FM)
  • 1967-04-17 Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
  • 1967-07-01 BBC starts its World Radio Club

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