1943 in radio
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The year 1943 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.
- 2 May: Fireside chat: On the Coal Crisis.
- 10 May: National Broadcasting Co. v. United States is decided, allowing the FCC broad power to regulate the operations of broadcast networks, which results in NBC being forced to sell off their secondary NBC Blue Network. Gradually, any and all references to "NBC" would be removed from all Blue Network programming or promotions, and "NBC Red" would become known just as NBC Radio.
- 13 May: In the Netherlands, an ordinance issued by the German occupiers requires the surrender to the authorities of all radio sets.
- 28 July: Fireside chat: On Progress of War and Plans for Peace.
- 8 September: Fireside chat: Opening Third War Loan Drive.
- 12 October: Edward Noble's American Broadcasting System offer to purchase the Blue Network and its O&Os from NBC gets approval from the FCC; Noble's lone station prior to the purchase, WMCA in New York, is sold off.
- 4 November: Abbott and Costello resume their NBC Radio programme after a six-month hiatus for health reasons (Lou Costello had battled a severe case of rheumatic fever). While rehearsing, Costello learned that his youngest son accidentally drowned in the family pool, just two days before his first birthday. The show went on as scheduled, with no one in the audience having any knowledge of what happened until the end, when Costello abruptly rushed from the stage in tears. Partner Bud Abbott delivered the tragic news live over the entire network to the shocked studio audience.
- 3 December: Edward R. Murrow delivers his classic "Orchestrated Hell" broadcast over CBS describing a Royal Air Force nighttime bombing raid on Berlin.
- 24 December: Fireside chat: On Tehran and Cairo Conferences.
- 7 January: Meet Corliss Archer debuts on CBS.
- 10 January: The Better Half, a quiz show, debuts on Mutual.
- 11 January: A. L. Alexander's Mediation Board debuts on Mutual.
- 15 February: My True Story debuts on NBC Blue/The Blue Network.
- 21 February: Free World Theatre debuts on NBC Blue/The Blue Network.
- 25 March: The Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore Show debuts on the NBC Red Network.
- 27 March: Blue Ribbon Town debuts on CBS Radio for a one year run.
- 3 April: The Billie Burke Show airs on CBS Radio Saturday mornings until September 21, 1946.
- 28 June: The Dreft Star Playhouse debuts on NBC Radio.
- 12 September: Dunninger, The Mentalist debuts on the Blue Network.
- Undated: Salty Brine takes over as the host of the morning show-the "T.N.T. Review" on WPRO, a position he will hold until April 28, 1993.
- 6 May: Milton Cooper (died 2001), American writer and shortwave broadcaster.
- 31 July: William Bennett, American conservative pundit, politician and radio talk show host.
- Jaye Michael Davis (died 2006), American radio disc jockey and voice of Memphis's WDIA starting in 1977.
- Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.