1946 in radio

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The year 1946 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

Events[edit]

  • 1 September – Kringkastingsorkestret (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) is founded.
  • 5 September – In Berlin RIAS (Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor – "Broadcasting in the American Sector") begins mediumwave transmissions. The station, established by the US occupation authorities, had begun its activities earlier in the year, on 7 February, as the wire-broadcasting service DIAS (Drahtfunk im amerikanischen Sektor).
  • 29 September – The BBC Third Programme is launched.
  • 3 November – In Italy, RAI reorganizes its stations into two new national networks, the Rete Rossa and the Rete Azzurra.

Debuts[edit]

  • 21 January – The Fat Man (radio) debuts on ABC.
  • 2 February – Twenty Questions debuts on Mutual.
  • 30 March – Academy Award Theater debuts on CBS.[1]
  • 7 October – The BBC Light Programme in the U.K. transmits the first episode of the daily magazine programme Woman's Hour (initially presented by Alan Ivimey), which will still be running more than 65 years later, and of the daily adventure serial Dick Barton – Special Agent.
  • 16 October – Philco Radio Time starring Bing Crosby makes its debut on the ABC network, with Bob Hope appearing as Bing's first guest; the show is recorded using large wax transcription disks.[2] In 1947, the Crosby show will introduce taped broadcasting to primetime network radio.[2]
  • 27 November – WBET Brockton, Massachusetts signs on the air with a high school football game on 990 kilocycles. WBET would later take over fellow Brockton station WBKA's license and frequency of 1450 kilocycles.

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ a b "Network Radio Days (events with Bing Crosby)". Crosby. Kansas City, Missouri: Metropolitan Community College. 2006. [dead link]