1929 in radio

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The year 1929 in radio involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

  • January 8: CBS purchases New York City radio station WABC from the Atlantic Broadcasting Company.
  • January 10: WTFF (The Fellowship Forum, a station formerly owned by the Ku Klux Klan) in Mt. Vernon, Virginia (today WFED) changes its call letters to WJSV. While the call letters were claimed to stand for "Jesus Saves Virginia," it actually stood for James S. Vance, a Grand Wizard in Virginia and publisher of the station's owner, "The Fellowship Forum" (a shell organization for the Ku Klux Klan). Vance arranges an affiliation deal with CBS Radio, which also involved operations and programming for WJSV.

Debuts[edit]

  • Amos 'n Andy debuts on the NBC Blue radio network on August 19
  • Fleischmann's Yeast Hour starring Rudy Vallee, debuts on NBC on October 24.
  • The Rise of the Goldbergs (later called just "The Goldbergs"), starring Gertrude Berg, debuts on NBC on November 20

Births[edit]

  • August 20 – Tom Clay (died November 22, 1995), American radio personality and disc jockey.
  • November 30 – Dick Clark (died April 18, 2012), Emmy Award-winning American television and radio personality, game show host and businessman, served as chairman and CEO of Dick Clark Productions
  • Myron Cope, American sports journalist, radio personality, and sports broadcaster best known for being the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers.