1959 in radio
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The year 1959 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.
- 3 February: A small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills three musicians: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and KTRM-Beaumont, Texas deejay JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Jr., in addition to the pilot. The tragedy would go on to be known as "The Day The Music Died".
- 11 May: At 10 am, KROW 960 AM in San Francisco switched call letters to KABL. The KABL name stayed with the station until September 2004.
- German-American musicologist Karl Haas started Adventures in Good Music at WJR in Detroit, Michigan.
- 14 March:Tulane University's WTUL signs on for the first time. It is owned and operated by Tulane University. This station is a progressive music station. This station gave Jerry Springer his start on his radio and TV career.
- 2 January – CBS ends Our Gal Sunday, This is Nora Drake, Backstage Wife and Road of Life.
- 2 January - The Kate Smith Show ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 9 January - The Howard Miller Show ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 27 January – Cris Collinsworth, former American football player and radio and television sportscaster.
- 30 April – Matt Casey, American radio personality.
- 3 June – John Carlson, American conservative talk radio host on KVI in Seattle.
- 13 August – Danny Bonaduce, American comedian, actor and radio and television personality.
- Joe Bevilacqua, award-winning voice actor, radio producer, dramatist, humorist and documentary film producer.
- 3 March – Louis Costello Abbott & Costello Radio show, heart attack
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- 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. 7.
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