1922 in radio
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1922 in radio details the internationally significant events in radio broadcasting for the year 1922.
- 8 February – President of the United States, Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House.
- 19 February – Ed Wynn becomes the first big vaudeville star to join radio. The first broadcast is Wynn's The Perfect Fool and the station is WJZ, New York. This is also the first time in the world that a radio show is broadcast before a studio audience.
- 27 February – The first National Radio Conference, led by Herbert Hoover, is held in Washington, D.C.
- February – The world's first symphony concert broadcast is made by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on station WWJ.
- 10 March – In the United States, Variety magazine prints as its front-page headline "Radio Sweeping Country - 1,000,000 Sets in Use".
- 11 May – The first radio sports commentary in Great Britain is made on Station 2LO. Arthur Burrows describes a fight between Ted "Kid" Lewis and Georges Carpentier at Olympia. No further sports broadcasts are made in Britain until 1927 due to pressure from newspapers.
- 14 June – Warren G. Harding becomes the first United States president heard live on radio, when he dedicates the Francis Scott Key Memorial over the Baltimore radio station WEAR.
- 21 July – A limited commercial license is issued for operating radio station WIAE, in Vinton, Iowa, to station manager Marie Zimmerman, making WIAE the first radio station owned and operated by a woman.
- 7 September – On the occasion of the centennial celebrations of Brazilian independence, President Epitácio Pessoa of Brazil makes the country's first radio broadcast.
- 6 November – The privately owned French radio station Radiola begins regular transmissions.
- 14 November – The British Broadcasting Company transmits its first two news bulletins, each read twice ("once quickly and once slowly" – to determine listener reaction).
- 4 December – The first broadcasting "music ensemble" is formed in Pittsburgh by that city's KDKA; it will be known as the KDKA Orchestra.
- 9 January – KQV is licensed and on the air in Pittsburgh, the city becomes the first with both a commercial station (KDKA in 1920) and two commercial radio stations.
- 20 February – WGY is launched by General Electric at Schenectady, New York, USA, after having established several experimental stations there since 1912.
- 2 March – WEAF (later WNBC (AM)) is launched by the American Telephone & Telegraph company in New York City, New York.
- 31 March – WWL begins broadcasting as a 10-watt station. The first program on the air was a piano recital.
- 10 April – WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina goes commercial from its former experimental authoritaztion as 4XD (December 19, 1920 sign-on) as North Carolina's first commercial radio station.
- 27 April – WOE is launched by the Buckeye Radio Service Co. in Akron, Ohio.
- 11 May – KGU in Honolulu, Hawaii goes on the air as Hawaii's first radio station.
- 5 June – WEAN (later WPRV) goes on the air in Providence, Rhode Island.
- 6 September – WJAR (later WHJJ) begins broadcasting in Providence.
- 3 December – WKAQ (AM) goes on the air as Puerto Rico's first radio station.
- Undated: WAAB begins broadcasting.
- 29 May – Mae Brussell, American radio personality and conspiracy theorist (died 1988)
- 17 July – Sid Collins, American motor-racing broadcaster (died 1977)
- 5 October – Janie Joplin, American radio announcer and voice-over artist (died 2007)
- The Shell Book of Firsts, 1983. p. 240
- The Shell Book of Firsts, 1983. p. 149
- Von Lackum, Karl C. (October 14, 1922). "Vinton Boasts Only Broadcasting Station in U.S. Owned By Woman". Waterloo Evening Courier (Waterloo, Iowa). p. 7.
- Vincent, Jon S. (2003). Culture and customs of Brazil. Greenwood. p. 101. ISBN 0-313-30495-5.
- About BBC News - official site
- On the Air Akron's First Radio Station Crackled to Life in 1922