Radio in History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 531

  • 1968-03-14 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
  • 1968-07-04 Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched
  • 1968-08-21 After 5 years Soviet Union once again jams Voice of America radio
  • 1969-06-01 Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV
  • 1970-01-23 Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)

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1970-07-04 Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • 1971-02-20 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
  • 1971-03-01 Clandestine Radio Deutsche Reich (Germany) begins transmitting on FM
  • 1971-03-08 Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner"
  • 1971-05-03 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
  • 1971-05-03 National Public Radio begins programming
  • 1971-05-15 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
  • 1971-12-17 Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
  • 1971-12-18 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts

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1972-04-30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • 1972-05-01 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres

  • 1972-08-16 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot during failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!", fooling pilots to break off attack
  • 1973-01-16 USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of Moon
  • 1973-04-02 CBS radio begins on the hour news, 24 hours a day
  • 1973-06-10 NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer 49 into lunar orbit
  • 1973-07-02 Nation Black Network begins operation on radio
  • 1973-08-19 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • 1973-10-20 The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR & moves station from NYC to Scituate Mass
  • 1974-01-01 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)
  • 1974-01-06 "CBS Mystery Theater" premieres on radio
  • 1974-07-18 World's tallest structure, 646 metre Polish radio mast, completed
  • 1974-11-16 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away
  • 1974-12-27 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years
  • 1975-05-06 Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
  • 1975-06-09 UK House of Commons is broadcast live by radio for first time
  • 1975-06-18 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) premieres on radio
  • 1975-12-28 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • 1976-05-14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • 1976-11-25 Viking 1 radio signals from Mars help prove the general theory of relativity
  • 1977-02-05 General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio
  • 1977-05-29 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) ends on radio

  • 1977-08-03 Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 personal computer, within weeks thousands were ordered
  • 1977-08-15 "Wow" possible alien radio signal from deep space received at "The Big Ear", Ohio State's radio telescope in Delaware

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1978-01-30 Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 1978-02-08 Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • 1978-04-03 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • 1978-06-12 US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
  • 1978-07-03 US Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"

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1978-10-13 US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1979-02-05 Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
  • 1979-03-15 Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • 1979-05-05 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • 1979-05-08 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • 1979-05-29 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • 1979-05-30 Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • 1979-05-31 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • 1979-10-01 RKO radio network begins operation
  • 1979-10-07 "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 1980-01-06 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances
  • 1980-02-01 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1980-06-23 1st solar-powered coast-to-coast two-way radio conversation
  • 1980-10-10 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
  • 1980-12-19 Mutual Broadcasting cancels Sears Radio Theater
  • 1981-05-01 Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3
  • 1981-05-02 Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
  • 1981-07-01 Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3
  • 1981-09-01 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • 1981-09-21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air
  • 1981-10-31 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)
  • 1982-01-04 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • 1982-02-14 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • 1982-05-03 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)

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1982-05-03 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1982-05-10 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network
  • 1982-06-18 ABC's All Talk radio network expands to 22 stations
  • 1982-07-01 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • 1982-07-23 FCC approves AM stereo radio, KTSA San Antonio goes stereo
  • 1982-12-07 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
  • 1982-12-31 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • 1982-12-31 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features
  • 1983-01-01 'New age music' radio program "Hearts of Space" makes its national syndication debut on U.S. National Public Radio
  • 1983-05-23 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • 1983-09-09 Radio Shack announces their color computer 2 (Coco2)
  • 1983-11-30 Radio Shack announces Tandy Model 2000 computer (80186 chip)
  • 1984-08-11 During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."
  • 1985-05-20 US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • 1986-07-24 SF Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage
  • 1986-10-28 Stanley E. Hubbard's KOB sells the company's Albuquerque, New Mexico radio stations, KOB-AM and KOB-FM, the stations change their call signs to KKOB
  • 1987-07-01 New York City radio station WFAN-AM commences first 24 hour all sports radio format
  • 1988-06-20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • 1988-07-14 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive
  • 1988-07-27 Radio Shack announces Tandy 1000 SL computer

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1988-08-01 Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh
  • 1988-10-07 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)

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1988-11-02 Mexican radio station erroneously reports Mike Tyson had died in car crash

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988-11-15 91 m radio telescope dish at Green Bank, WV, collapses
  • 1988-11-30 Soviets stop jamming Radio Liberty; 1st time in 38 yrs
  • 1988-12-27 Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
  • 1989-05-31 "Rambling with Gambling" 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)

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1989-10-15 American radio and television evangelist Billy Graham is given the 1,900th star on Hollywood Boulevard, the first clergyman to be granted a star

Evangelist Billy Graham
Billy Graham
  • 1990-04-09 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)
  • 1990-06-26 8 KS & OK radio stations boycott k d lang, due to her anti-meat ad
  • 1990-08-03 Radio Kuwait resigns air, due to Iraqi invasion
  • 1990-10-02 Radio Berlin International's final transmission (links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany); final song is "The End" by Doors

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1990-10-09 Radio stations around world play "Imagine" honoring John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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