Today in Radio History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 517

1891-12-29 - Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)
1895-05-07 - In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1896-03-01 - Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.
1896-06-02 - Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi 1901-12-12 - Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland
1902-01-01 - Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio, Penn
1903-01-19 - 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England
1904-01-07 - Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st intl radio distress signal
1906-01-13 - 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile
1906-10-20 - Dr Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube)
1906-10-25 - US inventor Lee de Forest patents "Audion", a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting
1906-11-22 - International Radio Telecommunications Com adopts "SOS" as new call for help
1906-12-24 - Reginald A Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass)
1907-03-05 - 1st radio broadcast of a musical composition aired
1907-12-16 - Eugene H Farrar is 1st to sing on radio (Bkln Navy Yard NY)
1908-01-12 - A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
1908-05-12 - Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
1909-01-23 - 1st radio rescue at sea
1910-02-23 - 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
1915-09-29 - 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent
1915-10-21 - 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris
1919-10-17 - Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created
1919-11-06 - 1st Dutch radio program: Soirée Musicale with "Turf in you(r) ransel"
1920-04-20 - Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
1920-07-27 - Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation
1920-08-20 - 1st US commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit begins daily broadcasting
1920-08-31 - Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack DempseyHeavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey 1920-09-06 - Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight
1920-09-29 - Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10
1920-10-27 - Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins
1921-01-02 - 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
1921-04-11 - KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
1921-04-11 - First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.
1921-05-21 - Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
1921-08-05 - 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
1921-09-15 - WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions
1921-10-05 - 1st World Series radio broadcast, Yanks beat Giants 3-0
1921-11-15 - KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
1921-12-07 - KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions
1922-01-09 - KQV-AM in Pittsburgh PA begins radio transmissions
1922-01-13 - WHA-AM in Madison WI begins radio transmissions
1922-02-04 - WGY-AM in Schenectady NY begins radio transmissions
1922-02-08 - Radio arrives at the White House
1922-02-18 - WOC-AM in Davenport IA begins radio transmissions
1922-02-19 - Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
1922-02-20 - WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
1922-02-21 - WHK-AM in Cleveland OH begins radio transmissions
31st US President Herbert Hoover31st US President Herbert Hoover 1922-02-27 - Commerce Sec Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference
1922-02-28 - KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
1922-03-02 - WLW-AM in Cincinnati OH begins radio transmissions
1922-03-03 - WWJ-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
1922-03-09 - KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
1922-03-10 - KLZ-AM in Denver CO begins radio transmissions
1922-03-13 - WRR-AM in Dallas TX begins radio transmissions
1922-03-14 - KGU-AM in Honolulu HI begins radio transmissions
1922-03-14 - KSD-AM in Saint Louis MO begins radio transmissions
1922-03-14 - WGR-AM in Buffalo NY begins radio transmissions
1922-03-15 - 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
1922-03-16 - WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions
1922-03-18 - WBT-AM in Charlotte NC begins radio transmissions
1922-03-20 - WIP-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
1922-03-21 - KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
1922-03-23 - KMJ-AM in Fresno CA begins radio transmissions
1922-03-23 - WEW-AM in Saint Louis MO begins radio transmissions
1922-03-30 - KGY-AM in Olympia WA begins radio transmissions
1922-03-30 - WWL-AM in New Orleans LA begins radio transmissions
1922-03-31 - KFI-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
1922-04-04 - WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls
1922-04-05 - KOB-AM in Albuquerque NM begins radio transmissions
1922-04-05 - WDZ-AM in Decatur IL begins radio transmissions
1922-04-28 - WOI (Ames, Iowa) country's 1st licensed educational radio station
1922-05-04 - KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
1922-05-10 - WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions
1922-06-14 - Pres Harding is 1st US president to use radio, dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore
1922-08-14 - 1st "old time" musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)
1922-08-16 - AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC)
1922-08-28 - WEAF in NYC airs 1st radio coml (Queensboro Realty-$100 for 10 mins)
1922-09-17 - Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station)
1922-10-04 - For 1st time, entire World Series broadcast over radio (WJZ & WGY)
1922-10-07 - First radio link, WNJ (Newark) & WGY (Senectady) link for World Series
1922-10-28 - First US coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game
1922-11-14 - BBC begins domestic radio service from 2LO at Marconi House
1922-12-24 - BBC broadcasts 1st British radio play "Truth about Father Christmas"
1923-01-18 - 1st radio telegraph message from Netherlands to Dutch East Indies
1923-01-19 - WMC-AM in Memphis TN begins radio transmissions
1923-03-22 - The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt.
1923-07-01 - 1st permanent radio network-AT&T (WEAF NY & WMAF Mass)
1923-07-19 - WRC-AM in Washington DC begins radio transmissions
1923-09-28 - Radio Times 1st published
1923-11-24 - Radio Belgium's 1st transmission
1923-12-03 - First Congressional open session broadcast via radio (Wash DC)
1923-12-04 - WEAF radio begins broadcasting Eveready Hour (variety show)
30th US President Calvin Coolidge30th US President Calvin Coolidge 1923-12-06 - 1st US Presidential address broadcast on radio by President Calvin Coolidge
1923-12-31 - 1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester
1924-01-22 - KGO-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
1924-02-08 - 1st coast-to-coast radio hookup: Gen John Joseph Carty speech in Chic
1924-03-21 - 1st foreign language course broadcast on US radio (WJZ, NYC)
1924-03-28 - WGN-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions
1924-04-11 - WLS-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions
1924-04-15 - WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 81 of 81

1851-06-12 - Oliver Joseph Lodge, England, early radio pioneer
1852-12-15 - Henri Becquerel [Antoine ], discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), (d. 1908)
1857-02-22 - Heinrich Hertz, physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves
1865-06-15 - L H Perquin, Dutch religious radio speaker
1873-08-26 - Lee De Forest, Council Bluffs, inventor (Audion vacuum (radio) tube)
1874-04-25 - Guglielmo Marconi, Bologna Italy, inventor (radio, Nobel 1909)
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi (1874-04-25) 1875-08-23 - William Eccles, English radio pioneer (d. 1966)
1876-06-26 - Nico[laas P] de Jong, Dutch radio play actor (Laughter & Tears)
1879-03-08 - Otto Hahn, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 44, radiothorium/actinium)
1882-11-13 - John Lowry, Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall)
1886-08-07 - Louis Hazeltine, inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
1888-08-12 - Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder (AVRO)
1890-10-09 - Aimee Semple McPherson, evangelist (Pentecostal)/radio preacher
1890-12-18 - Edwin Howard Armstrong, NYC, radio pioneer inventor (FM)
1891-02-27 - David Sarnoff, US, radio/TV pioneer/CEO (RCA)
1891-08-09 - Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator
1893-06-12 - Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor/radio play director (Paul Vlaanderen)
1894-05-31 - Fred Allen, Cambridge Massachusetts, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show)
1896-11-06 - Jim Jordan, Peoria IL, radio comedian (Fibber McGee)
1898-04-15 - Marian Jordan, actress, radio comedienne (Molly-Fibber McGee & Molly)
1898-07-11 - Herman de Man, [Salomon H Hamburger], Dutch writer/Radio Orange
1899-01-15 - Goodman Ace, radio/TV actor/columnist/humorist (Better of Goodman)
1899-05-05 - Freeman Gosden, Richmond Va, radio actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy)
1900-02-20 - Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
1902-11-21 - Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (d. 1985)
1904-05-11 - Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer
1904-10-02 - Godfrey Baseley, radio executive
1905-01-19 - Anne Schumacher Hummert, Baltimore US, leading creator of daytime radio serials during the 1930s and 1940s
1905-10-22 - Karl Jansky, Czech, discoverer (cosmic radio emissions in 1932)
1906-01-19 - Lanny Ross, Seattle, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show)
1909-03-24 - Thomas E "Tommy" Trinder, English radio comic/actor (Phoenix)
1909-05-06 - Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)
1910-05-03 - Norman Corwin, American radio pioneer
1911-12-22 - Grote Reber, US, astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope)
1913-08-31 - Sir Bernard Lovell, Bristol England, radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank Observatory, (d. 2012)
1916-07-02 - Barry Gray, [Bernard Yaroslaw], interviewer (started call-in radio)
1917-04-11 - Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)
1918-04-07 - Peter Aryans, [PCJ Vander], Dutch radio actor (Shoot Out)
1918-09-27 - Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)
1918-12-22 - Frankie Darro, Chicago IL, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men)
1919-04-13 - Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (d. 2000)
1921-05-31 - Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer
1922-06-09 - Fernand Seguin, Canadian biochemist - Radio and TV animator (d. 1988)
1922-07-19 - Harold Camping, American evangelist, founder of Family Radio
1924-05-11 - Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
1924-06-03 - Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (d. 1999)
1930-06-21 - Patricia Lindop, radio biologist
1930-08-19 - D[avid] G[uy] Compton, UK, sci-fi author (Synthajoy, Radio Plays)
1931-05-04 - Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Moscow Russia, conductor (USSR State Radio)
1933-06-20 - Danny Aiello, NYC, actor (Moonstruck, Radio Days)
1934-12-28 - David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Dakota Road, Barton Fink)
1936-01-10 - Robert Woodrow Wilson, American physicist and radio astronomer, Nobel laureate
1937-05-13 - Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio
1938-01-30 - Marcel P A van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)
1940-07-23 - Don Imus, radio disc jockey (WNBC)
1942-05-22 - Pallo Jordan, South African ANC member/heads (Radio Freedom)
1944-05-07 - John Heard, actor (Pelican Brief, CHUD, Radio Flyer, Big)
1946-03-29 - Ronald Farrow, radio producer/priest
1946-10-14 - James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach
1946-11-23 - Hans Hoekman, Dutch radio play actor
1946-12-30 - Patti Smith, Chicago Il, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia)
Singer Donna SummerSinger Donna Summer (1948-12-31) 1948-12-31 - Donna Summer, Boston, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), (d. 2012)
1951-03-14 - Rick Dees, radio disc jock (KIIS LA)
1951-10-07 - David J. Halberstam, American radio executive
1953-04-24 - Eric Bogosian, Woburn MA, actor (Talk Radio)
1953-06-12 - Allan Weiner, American radio station owner
1956-03-26 - Charly McClain, Jackson Tn, country singer (Radio Heart)
1960-02-10 - Lionel Cartwright, Ohio, country vocalist (I Watched it on the Radio)
1960-03-17 - Vicki Lewis, Cincinnati, actress (Beth-Newsradio)
1961-03-29 - Ane-Marie Sanches, newscaster (Suriname TV/Radio)
1963-01-04 - Dave Foley, actor/comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson-NewsRadio)
1963-11-28 - Armando Iannucci, Glasgow, Scotland, comedian and radio producer
1965-02-03 - Maura Tierney, Boston, actress (Lisa-Newsradio)
1965-04-18 - Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
1965-12-21 - Andy Dick, Charleston SC, actor (Matthew-Newsradio)
1968-10-07 - Thom Yorke, British pop musician and lead singer of Radiohead ('Creep', 'Paranoid Android' and 'Pyramid Song')
1971-11-05 - Jonny Greenwood, guitarist (Radiohead)
1974-01-18 - Michael Tunn, Australian television and radio
1974-03-28 - Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
1980-07-10 - Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor (Radio Flyer, Rookie of the Year)
Actor Elijah WoodActor Elijah Wood (1981-01-28) 1981-01-28 - Elijah Wood, Cedar Rapids Iowa, actor (Radio Flyer, Good Son)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

2006-11-04 - Radio and television journalist Alison Stewart (40) weds MSNBC vice-president of prime-time programming Bill Wolff (40) at the stylish New York restaurant Cipriani 23rd Street

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 53 of 53

1932-07-22 - Reginald Fessenden, Canadian inventor and radio pioneer (b. 1866)
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi (1937-07-20) 1937-07-20 - Guglielmo Marconi, Italian engineer/marquis (radio, Nobel 1909), dies of a heart attack at 63
1938-08-04 - L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
1943-01-23 - Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56
1944-03-11 - Hendrik W van Loon, Neth/US radio commentator/writer, dies at 62
1944-11-28 - Joop Brouwer de Koning, youngest Dutch radio operator, executed at 25
1946-11-14 - Herman de Man, [Salomon H Hamburger], author/Radio Orange, dies
1950-02-14 - Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
1952-11-23 - Albert van Raalte, conductor (Radio Philharmonic Orch), dies at 62
1954-01-31 - Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
1956-03-17 - Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
1961-04-07 - Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
1967-08-07 - Max Branch, music/radio commentator, dies at 75
1967-08-07 - Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator, dies at 75
1972-03-30 - Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
1973-06-18 - Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84
1976-12-25 - Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), dies at 58
1980-08-23 - Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
1982-12-10 - Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
1984-10-14 - Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)
1985-04-21 - Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (b. 1902)
1987-03-19 - Arch Oboler, radio writer (Lights Out), dies at 77
1989-01-10 - Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
1990-09-16 - Loretta Tupper, radio/TV entertainer, dies of cancer at 84
1991-05-14 - Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies
1991-07-16 - Dwight Weist, Radio actor/film narrator (Radio Days), dies at 81
1991-09-15 - Andre Baruch, Radio/TV announcer dies at 83
1992-05-03 - Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98
1992-07-31 - Sjoerd de Free, reporter (Radio Herrijzend Netherland), dies
1993-02-24 - Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (b. 1917)
1993-05-26 - Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
1993-11-21 - Jim McLaughlin, Buffalo radio newsman (WKBW), dies at 59
1994-02-01 - Olan Soule, radio voice (Super Friends), dies of lung cancer at 83
1994-07-27 - H Minderop, founder/chairman (TROS-radio/TV), dies
1994-08-03 - John van Raay, [John Oradi], radio-imitator (Paul Flanders)
1994-12-12 - Herman H Felderhof, radio-announcer/head (NRU/NOS Radio), dies at 83
1995-02-08 - B G Hooghoudt, radiotelescope build (Dwingeloo/Westerbork), dies at 70
1995-07-01 - Ronald Farrow, radio producer/priest, dies at 49
1995-08-17 - David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
1995-08-19 - Pierre Schaeffer, composer/radio innovator, dies at 85
1996-07-05 - Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer, dies at 91
1996-07-17 - Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (NSW 1933-37) and radio commentator (1935-85), dies at 85
1997-01-21 - Dennis Main Wilson, TV/radio producer, dies at 72
1997-02-02 - Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
1999-01-25 - Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (b. 1924)
2000-02-04 - Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
2001-08-29 - Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan (2004-06-05) 2004-06-05 - Ronald Reagan, 40th US President, Governor of California and radio and film actor, dies aged 93
2005-03-06 - Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
2005-07-10 - Freda Wright-Sorce, American radio performer (b. 1955)
2010-12-22 - Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)
2011-11-04 - Andy Rooney, American radio and television writer (b. 1919)
2012-08-06 - Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98


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