1950 in radio

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The year 1950 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.

Events[edit]

  • 15 March – the Copenhagen Frequency Plan is implemented by broadcasters throughout Europe.
  • 1 May – Springbok Radio, South Africa's first commercial radio station, takes to the airwaves. It will broadcast for 35 years, until 31 December 1985.[1]

Debuts[edit]

Closings[edit]

  • 6 January - Lora Lawson ends its run on network radio (NBC).[2]
  • 29 March - Curtain Time ends its run on network radio (NBC).[3]
  • 30 April - The Adventures of Christopher London ends its run on network radio (NBC).[3]
  • 6 September - Chandu the Magician ends its run on network radio (ABC).[4]

Births[edit]

  • 14 March – Rick Dees, radio and television personality.
  • 24 September – Alan Colmes, American radio and television talk show host.

Deaths[edit]

  • 13 January – Thomas S. "Tommy" Lee, son of pioneering broadcaster Don Lee, of a suicide. His death triggers the sale of the Don Lee Network (a station group including KFRC AM/FM in San Francisco and KHJ AM/FM in Los Angeles) to General Tire, forerunner of RKO General.
  • 2 September - Frank Graham, announcer for many programs and the star (following Jack Webb) of Jeff Regan, Investigator.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Springbok Radio official website
  2. ^ a b c d e 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. P. 6.
  3. ^ a b c Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  4. ^ Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Deaths, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8.
  5. ^ regan%22 "Frank Graham". Broadcasting. September 11, 1950. Retrieved 24 August 2014.